SUNDAY FUNDAY. After you get those Christmas lights up, get out in the field on this warm and comfortable day for a truly enjoyable Sunday! A big shift is in store for Monday, as things cool off considerably before an uptick over Thanksgiving and we build some more safe ice after the holiday. We talk about that – and keeping things safe – in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Looking ahead. Friend of the Edge Decker Kerkaert’s first crappie through the ice came at mid season, when things were thick and solid. Tread lightly now, and be safe with some handy tools. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 11/19 – Westerlies & warmth. Hi 45, Lo 20. Winds W@10.
Tomorrow: Mon 11/20 – Midday shift. Hi 50, Lo 27. Winds SW@5 to NW@20, G30.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 7:53AM Sunset: 5:04PM
Moonrise: 8:42AM Moonset 6:19PM
Overhead: 1:33PM Underfoot: 1:09PM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (2% Full)
EDGE HOUR. 4:30 – 5:30PM. Winds go still in today’s Edge Hour, giving you a good chance to close out your deer season before “desperation weekend” rolls around.
PICKY PICKY. A pair of ice picks, either commercially made ones or a pair of homemade 1” wooden dowels with a couple of nails hammered into them, and trimmed sharp, will help keep you safe on the ice, should it give way. Remember to turn back the way you came, jab the ice in a downward motion, and flutter kick your way back up onto the surface. Don’t stand up – roll away!
WHAT’S THAT SOUND? Tuck a referee’s whistle into an inside pocket of your ice fishing jacket, to use in case of emergency. Hypothermia can set in quick, and calling others’ attention to your plight – and wet and chilly state – can assist emergency helpers in finding you faster. Remember, three long blasts are the universal sportsman’s signal for trouble.
GET A GRIP. Having traction on your boots can help keep you out of traction in the hospital. Too many seasons are ruined by broken arms, concussions and other injuries that result from falls – particularly on early ice where there may not be much snow cover. Offerings like Yaktrax help provide full-foot coverage and keep you connected to the ice in a way that lets you move with freedom and surefootedness.