MAKE SOME NOISE! Some folks get excited about warm weather. For anglers who like a steady bite, these warm days are setting one up. Use active baits to trigger aggressive fish, whose bodies are adapting to warmer water, allowing them to chase, slash and strike at those baits that kick out the vibration. In today’s Three Things, we talk about baits that do all the talking.
(Featured Photo: The evolution of noisy baits has helped anglers catch more bass. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 7/10 – Still warm. Hi 91, Lo 63, Winds SE @ 11 mph.
Tomorrow: Tue 7/11 – Chance for thunder. Hi 90, Lo 62, Winds S to N @ 13 mph.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:00AM Sunset: 9:36
Moonrise: 10:32PM Moonset: 7:31AM
Overhead: 2:41AM Underfoot: 3:05PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (98% Full)
EDGE HOUR 6:45 – 7:45 AM. With light morning winds, the moonset hour will be your best bet for fast action. Cooler temps and a just-risen sun will provide ideal weather conditions as well. Take advantage of the near full moon for an added edge.
YOU CAN’T BE COLD? The chatterbait is a bass jig rigged on a metal lip which vibrates or “chatters” as it is retrieved back to the boat. For aggressive bass, it gives off a wiggle and vibration that sets off their lateral line. A change from traditional spinnerbaits or other lures, the chatterbait gives fish something different and a whole lot of noise, and can be retrieved fast or slow.
BUZZED UP. A buzzbait consists of a metal three-or-four winged blade over or alongside a plastic skirt-covered hook behind a small lead head on a wire shaft. Oftentimes, buzzbaits will have small clickers that amplify the blub-blub-blub of the blades with a little added noise. Retrieved quickly over the surface, these lures will trigger reaction strikes up top for one of fishing’s most exciting takes.
SHAKE & ROLL. A long-time standby, rattlebaits such as the Rat-L-Trap or the Rattlin’ Rapala were the original sonic boom on the fishing lure market. Heavy enough to be cast long distances, and quick-sinking to get into the desired strike zone, these rattling baits pump up the volume with internal rattle chambers which bring fish in for a look and a strike.
Bring the noise this summer and Stay Sharp!