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Tonight it's going to be in the low 20's and tomorrow will be in the low 50's. Alot of rain wind and just darn cold this whole week. It's guna put a hurting on me for fishing. Will try to catch some fish. Any1 got some pointer's for cold front weather? Can't use my fly rod

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Comment by Johnny wilkins on April 4, 2012 at 6:07pm

When in doubt - consider me shore angling. I had boots on so I was able to take out the first 6 feet from shore as I was standing in it. I was using a larger spinning rod (8'6" ft. so the cast would be nothing more than  the line firing out into the wind and then blowing right back in my face  The float was running into me and then I would fire it out again but I would then need to dip the rod tip under water and then reel the line back in (under the waves). The cast might land 16' foot away but by taking up the spare line and sinking it - I would use up 1/2 my cast to keep that line out of the wind. (( most important )).

 See - with my floats, the connection is beneath the water's surface therefore no line loops up top, no line on the surface - it is all beneath the surface - even the pole floats. If I hold my rod tip beneath the water- there is zero line up in the wind so I can hold a float in place in white caps (within reason). The bounce-back off the shore helped to keep the float from simply blowing in on the surf  - Bobbers won't do this - Bobbers would blow too fast for the bait to be in the strike zone eliminating a great deal of bites.

Comment by Leo Nguyen on April 4, 2012 at 5:51pm

You indicated wind blown into your face, casting distant 10ft. So, you're upwind, and allow the float to move downwind on your boat right? Not sure if you were on shore or on the boat. If you were on shore and casted the rig into the wind, that was some impressive feast.

Comment by Johnny wilkins on April 4, 2012 at 5:49pm

Nope. That was the point - I was tempted to fish a tall 12" float in that wind so that I had enough weight below - several large shot for stability - the lesson I learned is the that you need to try the 8 ft. cast with the tiny float - sometimes- it will bear out a ton of strikes where the big float gets "ticked" but doesn't register as many bites- they eject large resistance far too fast and far too easily. With the waves hiding your float 1/3 or 1/2 of the time in the chop - bites can be buried and hidden in the wave peaks. The small float is held onto longer and not ejected where at the large float can be cast - the small float catches the fish. 

Comment by Leo Nguyen on April 4, 2012 at 5:41pm

Float + 30's wind?! Wow. You must have a dropshot weight the size of 1 to 3 oz. That's nuts!

Comment by Johnny wilkins on April 4, 2012 at 5:32pm

I have caught with wind in 30's in the Fall - you can do it but it won't be pretty. Last Fall's worst day was pounding on my office window and it was 2 weeks into the trout season - all the dumb ones were weeded out. I took that wind and spitting rain as a personal challenge- I pulled the stetson hat down and cinched it tight to break the spray from my face. The float was only casting out about 10 or so feet - that is when I learned the lesson of big floats aren't always a must in big winds. Getting the line beneath the surface IS a must. Long casts aren't. I ended up limiting out in the chilly spray - I was soaked and rewarded. Fish into that gail - give it a try sometimes the fish will stack up in shallow water with the wind in your face... you never know until you challenge that weather. With the waves, you will have to "time" your float in the chop.  Let us know how you do...

Comment by Angelo C Mastrando Jr. on March 29, 2012 at 7:40pm

Jim that's how I usually fish for crappies with minnow's and a bobber about 4ft above the hook. A fish that I sometime's target.

Comment by Angelo C Mastrando Jr. on March 29, 2012 at 7:38pm

Tomorrow is going to be 61 sunny and only 5mph wind's. Excited for fly fishing hadn't been in the water in the past 2-day's. It's going to be a great day! Might keep a few.

Comment by jim cosgrove on March 28, 2012 at 5:41pm

sounds like perfect weather for  crappies on minnows in deeper wood.

Comment by Angelo C Mastrando Jr. on March 28, 2012 at 5:29pm

I will never give up on what I love to do. Thanks for the info Dick, Still have to get into their pattern's since I was rise on catching bass and pickerel perch and Catfish. It's all new still but catching on pretty fast. Summer is coming excited for the panfish to pop on my fly 

Comment by dick tabbert on March 28, 2012 at 9:33am

You will fish out from where you use to but in deeper water using finesse baits (downsize). The fish won't be far off from where they were except in deeper water. They will migrate in to shallow waters as the water warms back up. Maybe this being from a few hours to a few days. Don't quit on them cause they are in the area. Hope this helps you. 

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