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#1 James3shin

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Posted September 29 2006 - 9:52 PM

I understand the affects of structure on fishing, but winds? I know it can be a pain in the ass to cast into a headwind but how does it affect the fish? The tides can be affected I suppose, but tides are always influenced by things like the moon. Can anyone educate me on the wind effects?


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#2 Clam Chucker

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Posted September 29 2006 - 10:06 PM

To a degree the water will flow the way the wind blows if there is no current. Also the bait will be move with the water the way it flows or is pushed, Which means that the prey fish will also go that way following there prey items. As long as there is no wind against tide the water will remain pretty calm, If there is wind against tide it can get pretty snotty even on the beach.
When casting against the wind I use a sidearm cast from around the height of my waist, this way you have some leverage against the wind & your bait & sinker have a shot at going further because there is less resistance to the movement of the bait & sinker.
Hope this will give you some idea of what goes on.


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Posted September 29 2006 - 11:32 PM

Fishing the tide is a lot more important than the wind action. The movement of the water dictates where your plug will go and the action it takes. The wind has little affect on plugs except surface plugs and then only marginally.

Wind determines how far out a plug will travel....Tide and current determines direction and how a plug will swim.
Your first thought should always be : whats the water doing? Is it going straight out( optimum). Is it coming straight in? (optimum). Is there sideways movement and how fast is it going? Are there any rip currents?

The wind will have a marginal affect on tidal movements and currents , mostly affecting wave length and height . Fish will generally move with the prevailing current.

People will disagree with me somewhat,but for all intents and purposes fish the tide not the wind. You will be better off.


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Posted September 29 2006 - 11:41 PM

If the wind is blowing onto the beach for a day or more it starts to bring in weeds.


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#5 hyefisherman2

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Posted September 30 2006 - 7:22 AM

east is best west it least (wind direction that is) not really sure why? sorry that is just what i have been told.


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Posted September 30 2006 - 5:14 PM

When fishing a area of current I think the wind is the key from turning good fishing to great fishing. Wind born waves crash into an outgoing flow / area of current and create some violent water. I have noticed these conditions produce better for me.


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#7 Robert215

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Posted September 30 2006 - 5:28 PM

Well imo in cases besides casting it doesnt.

I hear all the time about the bait fish and weeds and its all really bs.

Read the water, pick your bait or plug correctly and use your head.


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#8 Andrew

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Posted September 30 2006 - 6:07 PM

Best conditions for fishing if I ever had oh my god. Full moon with some clouds and light rain wind north west. Or new moon no wind no clouds with little current. Daytime Cloudy skys, light rain, light north east wind, or just clouds or just sunny in October.


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Posted September 30 2006 - 6:18 PM


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Originally Posted by hyefisherman2


east is best west it least (wind direction that is) not really sure why? sorry that is just what i have been told.




isn't that east is least and west is best?


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Posted September 30 2006 - 6:46 PM

East is best and west is least.

I like the wind in my face, because it tends to push the baitfish to the beach.


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Posted September 30 2006 - 6:54 PM

I like any wind that will keep the mosquitoes off of me.


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Posted September 30 2006 - 10:02 PM

And those DAMN flies!!!!!


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Posted October 01 2006 - 8:16 AM


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Originally Posted by mp10s


isn't that east is least and west is best?




yeah something like that


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Posted October 01 2006 - 9:39 AM

I think I get the concept of the westard wind pushing in bait towards our eastern shores, and Eastern winds pushing them away from our shores. Is that all there is to it? What about Moon phases? How the hell does the moon affect fishing? I know about light on the water at night, but how would the moon affect day time fishing?


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Posted October 01 2006 - 11:18 AM


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Originally Posted by James3shin


I think I get the concept of the westard wind pushing in bait towards our eastern shores, and Eastern winds pushing them away from our shores. Is that all there is to it? What about Moon phases? How the hell does the moon affect fishing? I know about light on the water at night, but how would the moon affect day time fishing?





The moon affects the tides and the strength of the currents.


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