I was out a ways with a stiff wind recently & decided I ought to get in closer .... but every time I would paddle in a ways I'd hook up & get blown back out while catching (or trying to catch) the fish!Yeah buddy!!! Learned this the hard way two weekends ago. I will not play games with a north wind EVER AGAIN. My little group was working to get back in. We got to far out and didnt really realize it.... Needless to say when we got back to peir length we were beat and that was a wrap.