Too much wind forces anglers to adjust
For the Record
Capt. Chuck Uzzle
In all my years on the water I can’t remember ever having this much wind for
this long during the month of April. It has just absolutely howled for nearly a
month straight and according to the forecast it doesn’t look like it plans to
let up any time soon. For obvious reasons the folks wanting to get out on Sabine
Lake or Calcasieu has been pinned down to very small areas that offer the most
protection. These spots tend to get crowded in a hurry which only adds more
misery to the equation. For a few anglers these poor conditions have been just
what the doctor ordered to force them to spend some time fishing water they
normally wouldn’t look at.
For plenty of local anglers the wind has completely shut them out and forced
them into doing yard work or picking up the golf clubs. Those that just have to
fish have been probing the river and surrounding bayous and finding some really
good fish, especially largemouth bass. There have always been a few dedicated
anglers who never left the protection of the river for the wide open spaces of
the lake. These guys are the ones you never really pay attention to as you run
by them and they like it that way. These guys never leave the river and there is
a good reason for that, they are catching good fish and don’t really feel like
sharing that with the rest of the world.
Now anyone who has done much fishing locally has run into a few bass here and
there but that’s not the case right now. I have seen a couple of local 5 fish
stringers in the past two weeks that would lead you to believe they came from
Toledo Bend or Sam Rayburn, I’m talking about 20 pounds plus! These fish are
typical river and bayou fish that relate to all kinds of structure. Boat docks,
brush piles, and just about anything else you could imagine are holding fish in
good numbers and size. A couple of guys I know well have a very defined route in
which they fish both natural and man made structure as of late. Small spinner
baits, crank baits, and wacky worms have been the best producers day in and day
out with a few good fish coming on small top water plugs as well. Easily the
biggest key is to find some structure and have a decent tide change working in
your favor. Those two elements are a must if you want to catch some of these
Easily the best bass I have personally seen caught this spring in local waters have been full of
shad so it’s not hard to figure out what to key on.
The huge schools of small shad have lead many anglers to
productive areas that they normally don’t fish; they have just been following
the bait and fishing these areas thoroughly. I’m sure they will keep hustling
these good fish as long as the wind keeps them pinned down and the fish continue to cooperate.
The combination of good fish close to home is a
tough pattern to top.