WINNER WINNER, NOW MAKE A SPINNER. You’re already a winner if you’re on the water enjoying this great day. Warm conditions, light winds, and a strong full moon influence will finish off one of the most well-timed weekends of the year. In today’s Three Things we offer up explanations and tips for in-line spinners for small fish like trout and bass up to the bruisers like pike and muskies.
(Featured Photo: Large in-line spinners for muskies adorn a bait board. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 7/9 – Shifting winds. Hi 97, Lo 66, Winds S to N @ 16 mph.
Tomorrow: Mon 7/10 – Still warm. Hi 90, Lo 63, Winds SE @ 9 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:59AM Sunset: 9:37PM
Moonrise: 9:54PM Moonset: 6:34AM
Overhead: 1:52AM Underfoot: 2:16PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (99% Full)
EDGE HOUR 9:00 – 10:00PM. The back half of the weekend splits the strength of the full moon over two days, as rise comes at sunset once again giving us another 5-star day. Stay late at your favorite lake to cap off a great stretch of summer fishing with a very powerful edge hour slated for tonight.
GET IN LINE. In-line spinners are a popular tool for covering water and triggering reaction bites for every species from trout to bass to pike to muskies. They consist of a concave blade on a clevis, which is threaded on a wire shaft. Below it, a set of beads or small bodies provide the weight to cast the lure out into your favorite lake or stream. Underneath that combination, a treble hook dressed with hair, hackle or other materials comprises the business end of the bait.
CHASIN’ TAIL. Bucktails – like those in today’s featured photo – are larger inline spinners used for pike and muskies. With bigger blades, typically size 8, 10 or 12, they generate considerable thump in the water to draw the attention of nearby fish and draw them in for a look at a large treble hook (think size 4/0 to 8/0) dressed with colored deer hair (hence the name) or alternatively, synthetic materials like magnum flashabou.
CRAFT WORKS. You can create and customize your own spinners or bucktails by ordering the components in the colors that work on your favorite waters. Simply set up your lure with the blades and colors that work best for your area. Sites like Lure Parts Online or Barlow’s Tackle have all you need to get started crafting lures on your own.