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Sunday's wind


joedavis

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Heading out early Sunday morning from my usual launch site at Garrison...I'm a creature of habit...once I learn an area and have success I don't like to change. I know, I know, variety is the spice of life and all that.

Anyway, I'm not looking for anyone to tell me whether to go out or not, but I'm just trying to set my expectations...The wind forecast is for a south wind 10-20 mph with gusts to 25. I'll be going out to the flats. Does anyone know what this will likely translate to in terms of average wave size? My 16' boat only has a 60" beam, but she seems to ride them pretty well.

I've been caught out on superior with this boat in 4-5' breakers (I know...just an average day for the big lake), and luckily my path home was about 30 degrees into the wind. By going slow and varying my speed between crests it wasn't to bad. My knuckles even returned to their normal color after 2 or 3 hours.

Part of why I'm asking is I'm contemplating picking up another drift sock. I have a 36" and a 42", but my boat is so light it gets pushed really easy. 3 weeks ago I was up by myself on Sunday when it was rainy and windy, and even with both socks out, I couldn't get my drift speed below .8 or so. Backtrolling with my boat in waves is out of the question. Replacing my 36" with a 48" might do the trick.

Of course, .8 to 1.2 is about perfect for slow death and spinners, so maybe I should just plan on that instead of lindy rigs.

Sorry, I'm rambling a bit...So - average wave size with 10-20 across the lake with 25 gusts? Thanks all.

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id guess 2-3 footers i always carry 2 drift so! cks. definately good walleye chop! i might be out there in thr battle with you!

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After today fishing in my 14ft with a 25 I will be buying another drift sock. The slowest I could drift was .9. Which is fine but I would like to be even slower. .5 to .8 would have been perfect.

I trecked out to Banana flat fromt the garrison landing today and the wind picked up pretty good. Waves got pretty decent. Didn't bother me though.....Wide open and it was pretty good. Although I did hit one wave pretty good and thought I caved the front hull in. I actually stopped to check it lol.

Guy at the launch told me I was nuts.

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Guy at the launch told me I was nuts.

I'll second that!....just kidding! Its fun to have fun if you dont mind knocking the snot out of your equipment. (and your back)

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I was out this weekend struggling in the wind....I'm curious about how you did. I caught a few, but I struggled with effective boat control. I've still got a lot to learn. smile

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I woke up Sunday, walked around the campground, didn't see anyone else getting ready to go out and I figured I should be the only one smile

Fished most of Sat. in the wind and did ok. Keepers are getting really hard to come by.

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I was out this weekend struggling in the wind....I'm curious about how you did. I caught a few, but I struggled with effective boat control. I've still got a lot to learn. smile

When we were out a few weeks ago in very similar conditions, we used 2 drift socks and the bow mount to slow down enough. I would just keep bumping the trolling motor to assist the front drift sock and it was enough. Kind of a pain because you had to stay on top of it but it worked.

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Got on the lake yesterday at 6:30am and stayed out till 4:30pm and caught 53 walleyes! Went out of Terrys. Had Bon Jovi- Dead or Alive blasting in the boat for awhile because it was like we were on Deadliest Catch lol definitely a good bite if you could handle the waves. We were the only boat on the flat we were fishing! Many doubles and triples whenever we went over a school of fish

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Got on the lake yesterday at 6:30am and stayed out till 4:30pm and caught 53 walleyes! Went out of Terrys. Had Bon Jovi- Dead or Alive blasting in the boat for awhile because it was like we were on Deadliest Catch lol definitely a good bite if you could handle the waves. We were the only boat on the flat we were fishing! Many doubles and triples whenever we went over a school of fish

When were your most productive times? I struggled after 10:30 am. had to leave by 1.

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We did good from 6:30 till around 11:30 and from then to 2 it was pretty slow for us too, but at about 2:30 when the wind really picked up we started catchin fish again up till when we left at 4:30

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