Jacob Wheeler’s Guide to Spinnerbait Fishing in the Wind

A spinnerbait is among Jacob Wheeler’s top search baits when hunting bass in windy conditions. He discusses why a heavy spinnerbait is one of the best presentation options when you’re fighting the wind and how the right blade and trailer combination can make all the difference in achieving the correct running depth and converting nippers into biters. 

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WHY FISHING IN THE WIND IS HARD BUT WORTH IT

Let’s face it: fishing in the wind can be challenging. You’re not only dealing with increased boat control challenges but wind blasting your face can be uncomfortable and just plain annoying. But the bass don’t care and are often most active on wind-blown spots when the food chain is riled up. 

SPINNERBAITS EXCEL ON WINDY DAYS

First and foremost, Wheeler likes fishing a heavier 3/4-ounce spinnerbait because it’s easier to cast than most baits, and the positive blade resistance makes it easier to feel bites than finesse presentations. It’s power fishing at its finest — cast and reel back to the boat. Big spinnerbaits are also aggressive by design; they have a large profile and generate lots of flash and vibration, a real plus when targeting the biggest active bass on any spot. Check out our Best Spinnerbaits roundup for a list of proven options. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF TRAILER SELECTION

Do you use a trailer hook when fishing ChatterBaits? Most don’t, and Wheeler doesn’t with his spinnerbaits either. He’s a big proponent of trimming the skirt and adding a soft plastic trailer for visual attraction and improved hooking percentages. For Wheeler, a narrow shad profile trailer minimally affects running depth while adding seductive tail action. He knows through experience that the soft plastic addition results in bass taking the bait deeper and holding on to it longer than a skirt alone. The result? More bites and better hookups.  

ROD SETUP FOR CASTING SPINNERBAITS IN THE WIND

These aren’t fairy wand conditions. When making long casts in search of bass, Wheeler uses a longer medium-heavy casting rod in the 7’3” range coupled with a moderate-fast reel spooled up with 17-pound fluorocarbon. You’re fishing with a wire lure, so line-shy bass isn’t the concern. Give yourself a longer rod for improved casting distance, hook-setting/handing power and efficiency, and a durable line. 

As Wheeler states, your goal as a bass angler is to find that right spot at the right time and capitalize on a bunch of biting fish in an often narrow time window. Windy conditions produce many of his best fishing days of the year. There’s less pressure, bass are less spooky, and they’re often more aggressive. For these reasons, the inconveniences are worth the effort, and a spinnerbait is one of your best friends in these conditions. 

 

 

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