WEIGHTY MATTERS. You won’t be held down by the weather much today, as a slight chance of rain fades by noon or so. On top of that, you’ll know just what weights to use to get your bait in the strike zone and lift a few more fish to the surface in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: A walleye falls for a spinner behind a bottom bouncer. These weights are the way to get live bait rigs down to fish when summer action heats up. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 7/28 – South winds tick up. Hi 87, Lo 65, Winds S @ 15, G22 mph.
Tomorrow: Sat7/29 – Another Great Saturday! Hi 92, Lo 65, Winds L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:19AM Sunset: 9:19PM
Moonrise: 12:22PM Moonset: Fol. Day
Overhead: 6:25PM Underfoot: 6:02AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (31% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 5:40 – 6:40AM. The early worm gets the fish! Head out for sunrise and get the bonus of moon underfoot, some light cloud cover and nearly perfect conditions to start the day before gusty south breezes kick up mid-morning.
BOUNCE BOUNCE. The bottom bouncer is the original “weight-on-a-stick,” perfect for trolling spinners (and state fairs?) over rocks and crags, preventing hang-ups and getting baits where they need to be. The rule of thumb is 1 ounce for every 10 feet of depth, but it’s not hard-and-fast, and lighter bouncers (say 3/4 oz) tend to provide less resistance on a bite and can at times be fished down to 15 feet.
IT’S A SNAP. Snap weight systems help anglers target suspended walleyes and other fish, or to get crankbaits down further in the column. Utilize snap weight clips to adjust the amount of weight to get crankbaits down a bit further, or to suspend spinners and float rigs mid-column, when fish are feeding on schools of bait.
TAKE A WALK. The Lindy Walking Sinker is a walleye staple. Working a snelled hook tipped with a crawler or leech, the walking sinker lets line slide through when a fish takes the bait, and keeps the offering low to the bottom where walleyes often are. Remember to tie the swivel on the hook side of the sinker!
Now the weight is off your shoulders, and on the end of your line. Stay Sharp!