Palaniuk is trying to hold his position in the face of the wind and waves. His trolling motor lifts out of the water and the prop spins in the air when the boat peaks on each wave. Then the bow drops into the trough and water sprays into the boat. Palaniuk has yet to set the hook. He's going to earn every bite today.
Clifford Pirch just added smallmouth no. 2 to his livewell. It weighed 3 pounds, giving him 7 pounds. It seems like the wind has slacked just a bit. Pirch is now on the move. He's been shifting around to different waypoints in this area all morning.
We put in at Westcott Beach State Park in Henderson Bay where Palaniuk has been catching his bass. The wind is seriously stiff here, blowing out of the northwest. We pounded our way out to an island through 3 foot waves. Smallmouth bass bite well in the wind, but fishing in these conditions is going to be challenging. Heck, thumb typing this blog is challenging. We're on Palaniuk now. There are 3 and 4 foot swells out here. Nasty. Palaniuk is running his trolling motor into the waves, while leaning on his pole seat to keep from falling overboard.
Chris Zaldain, started at 50th today, went straight to the wind blowing lake and immediately caught two 4-pounders! Adrenalin pumped! No need for Red Bull for him!