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I don't know much about how winds affect fishing conditions but I do know the following:

1. When the wind is blowing so hard that the gusts nearly knock you over
2. When the wind is blowing so hard that a typically still lake has a strong current
3. When the wind is blowing so hard that you cast out and can't retrieve the line before the end has drifted to shore
4. When the wind is blowing so hard that your rod tip is perpetually bent as though you have a fish on just because the wind is blowing it
5. When the wind is blowing so hard that your senko rides on the top of the water to the shore like it is on a surfboard.

When all of these conditions are met, the wind is probably having an adverse effect on fishing. I even tried throwing a heavier spinner bait but even that was pushed like greased lightning to the shore via the current. I spent only about 30 minutes there after work and obviously had little success.
 

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As I am continually a student of fishing (as we all are), the one thing I have struggled with is fishing during strong winds. MrB is right about what he says, but the wind is SUCH A PAIN IN THE ASS when fishing!

I remember, when I was in my teen years, saying that fishing with lures is stupid because if the fish won't eat live bait, they won't eat anything.

Like I said - we are always learning at this sport! 8)
 

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MrB is correct, the strong wind do 'push' smaller baitfish into a comprmised position, from a boat this isn't much of a problem as you are then casting with the wind towards the windswept shoreline, but keeping the boat in position is a chore. Shore fishing in high winds can be a real pain. A little split shot on a senko, or any lure, up a few feet should help to get the senko down to where the current will make its drop action less of an issue. it also helps with casting.
 
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