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One advantage of a kayak is that it can be launched easily and used to fish in relatively sheltered areas. Despite the strong winds, I launched into a South River creek and sought out sheltered and shaded shorelines for perch. I found many spots that looked ideal for perch (I have caught abundant perch at those spots in previous years). Yet today cast after cast was ignored. In two hours of steady casting with a small spinnerbait, I caught only three perch.

One of the few positive aspects of the outing was that the horned pondweed, which had been all over the place in this creek three weeks ago, was almost completely gone.

One trick I use when fishing along a shoreline on a windy day is to paddle to the upwind end and let the wind push me along the shoreline as I cast. I used that quite a bit today.
 
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