HOLEY MOLEY. With a chill in the air, it’s tough not to think of ice fishing, despite still being in the thick of firearms deer season. While word around the state is some brave (crazy?) souls are sneaking out on smaller waters for early season hardwater action, we’re waiting just a bit longer for more secure ice and getting ready for the season. We talk ice fishing prep in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: It’ll be a while. While fishing derbies are still a few months off, taking time now to prep for the season is a good idea. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 11/17 – Ideal deer hunting day. Hi 38, Lo 26, Wind N@7.
Tomorrow: Sat 11/18 – Halfway home. Hi 30, Lo 18, Wind NW@14, G20.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:50AM Sunset: 5:06PM
Moonrise: 6:41AM Moonset 5:13PM
Overhead: 12:00PM Underfoot: Fol. Day
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (1% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. Sunset and moonset align, and light winds all day should spur some movement in today’s Edge Hour. Start your weekend off right with some time in the field this afternoon.
CHARGE! Anything electronic deserves a review, and batteries powering sonar devices, electric augers, and simple things like lights and GPS units should be checked in case they need replacement or can hold a charge. Besides, it gives you a moment or two to fantasize about that bottom red line breaking loose and rising up the blank screen of your Vexilar like a walleye on a feeding binge!
HOTLINE. Now’s the time to re-line reels with a fresh wrap of monofilament. Odds are they’ve sat in storage since last March, and those coils have gotten tight and developed a bit of memory. Replacing line now assures that soft, supple, unkinked line will be ready for deployment in a couple weeks, and line twist and the dreaded lure spin which results won’t be a worry.
STAY…UH…YOU KNOW. Inspect auger blades, knives, scissors and hooks on those lures used winter-after-winter to make sure they’re ready for what the ice – and feeding fish – will throw at them next season. The difference between a dull auger and one with sharp blades – up to fifteen seconds per hole and an extra tab of Advil that evening for your shoulders. Make fast work of drilling later, by taking care of auger blades now, and capitalize on every bite by making sure your hooks are sharp. Plus no one wants to cut sunflower-heater warmed deer sausage with a dull knife!
Ring-di-di-dinnng…buzzzzzz…sploosh – coming soon to a lake near you. Stay Sharp!