Friday, March 29, 2019

Windy day crankin....

Sometimes Mother Nature is cooperative and other times, she can wield her fury in various ways.  On this day, she opted for the latter and unleashed her windy fury upon the water.  Portions of the target lake were white capping with waves crashing over the bow of my new 2019 Hobie Outback as I moved about, but the winds did not sour my outlook on the day. I knew an approaching front might get the fish chewing, so I targeted drop offs near wind blown banks, the backside of wind blown points and any isolated submerged wood.

Tackle & Accessories:
Kayak: 2019 Hobie Outback 
Rods: Bull Bay Rods Stealth and Tactical series of custom casting rods
Lures: Profound Outdoors Squarebill (shad pattern) crankbait and a Z-Man Minnowz soft plastic
Cold water gear: Kokatat Drysuit, NRS Launch boots, Hodgmann fleece, Duofold base layers
Sunglasses: Hobie Polarized (Mantas - discontinued)
Line: P-Line 12lb fluorocarbon clear
Accessories: YakAttack Omega Pro rod holders, Panfishw/ GoPro mount and X-grip (cell hone holder)

Keys stats from the day:
Total fish (species) and (size): 3 (bass) for 49" total - (16", 17 3/4", 15 1/4")
Time on the water: 5 hours
Winds: 15 mph (gusts over 25 mph)
Water: public lake
Water temps: 52 degrees
Air temps: 37 degrees (at launch), 47 (mid day)

Here are the highlights......enjoy