SUPER-SIZED SUMMER! Our great stretch of summer weather continues as Monday brings more warmth and light winds. Temps drop slightly throughout the week, but conditions are still pretty nice. In today’s Three Things we talk additional boating safety steps beyond just wearing a life jacket.
(Featured Photo: Rough Waters. Anglers buck winds and tough weather on Lake of the Woods, Minn. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 7/31 – Our Perfect Summer Rolls On. Hi 92, Lo 67, Winds S @ 8.
Tomorrow: Tue 8/1 – Slight Cooldown. Hi 85, Lo 63, Winds N @ 9.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:24AM Sunset: 9:14PM
Moonrise: 4:27PM Moonset: 1:44AM
Overhead: 9:24PM Underfoot: 9:01AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (58% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 3:45 – 4:45PM. Fish will be on the bite ahead of a slight cool front this afternoon, which will roll through the region just before Moonrise, later this afternoon. Combine these two elements to get the edge on the fish you’re after!
THREE THINGS. Beyond life jackets, there are other safety mechanisms that can mean the difference between a bad outcome and a worse one. On top of utilizing a PFD every time on the water, consider these items each time you head out.
FOR THE KILL. It’s an often-overlooked safety mechanism on a boat, whether it’s a console or a tiller, but a kill switch is probably more well-known on the latter. A red tab with a vertical “RUN – OFF” configuration, or a clip on the tiller handle is attached to a bungee-type cord that easily wraps around the driver’s wrist, so that if control is lost or the captain is thrown from the craft, it automatically cuts power to the motor, preventing the infamous “circle of death” created by a running, but unmanned motor.
TOSS IT. Throwable floats are required in most states for boats longer than 16 feet, but they’re a good idea on any craft. Having something buoyant that can easily be flung to a person in distress, or used by an occupant if need be, is a good idea. Bonus, it makes a darn comfy seat cushion!
LADDER CLIMB. They’re not just for loading up skiiers or tubers after a run anymore. Boat ladders help anglers who fall out of boats regain control of the craft. Manufacturers are finding new ways to install lightweight ladders that fold up into the hull of the boat in order to give anglers a better shot of getting back in.