It's been often said that fall can be one of the best times of the year to throw a topwater bait. It's also been said that the wind can be your friend. So what happens when the two collide? Too much wind and you might as well put that buzzbait back in the box, so what does an angler do when he sees his best topwater pattern go down the drain when a 15 mph wind shows up? Read on, we're going to discuss that very thing.
For starters, in most instances the wind can be beneficial, especially in the fall, however; there are times when you'd rather it be light to non-existent. Examples of this are when you've found a good topwater bite where too much wind will prevent your bait from functioning properly. A little breeze, or a slight ripple on the water usually won't effect a buzzbait, but when 1 foot waves start rolling through your shallow water buzzbaiting areas, it tends to wreak a little havoc on your fishing.
So what do you do? The most important thing to remember is the fish you were catching are still there, if they were extremely shallow (less than 1 foot) they may slide out a little deeper due to the waves, but otherwise those fish will still be there, especially if baitfish are still present. You have one of a couple of options when this happens: 1. you can pick up a slow bait (jig or shakee head) or 2. pick up a moving bait like a spinnerbait. The spinnerbait is one of the better options, not only does it mimic shad, it also is benefitted by the windy conditions. Start fishing the spinnerbait in the same areas where you were catching them on a buzzbait, remember they may have pulled out just a little so be sure and fish your lure all of the way back to the boat.
If you'll remember to adjust to the conditions when you're fishing you can turn what seems to be an unfortunate event into another great day of fishing. Don't forget that often times multiple bladed spinnerbaits (3 and 4 blade) can be deadly in the fall.
Good Luck and Good Fishin',
Lunker Lure Hawg Caller