Upside, downside of calm

Since LIVE came on the air yesterday we've seen the importance of the current-driven wind on the smallmouth bite. Smallmouth must have it, natural flow of a river or from above by the wind.

There is little wind at this stage of Day 3.

There is an upside and downside to it. The good side is the smallmouth are easier to see in the ultra-clear water, much to the delight of the sight fishermen. The bad news is the lack of current, from the wind, inhibits the predator feeding instinct of the smallmouth. They feed by current, waiting for food to be swept past the bottom current breaks where they hold.

The wind is coming back soon. And it will shift to northerly directions on the compass. That will certainly be good for the smallmouth anglers.