DON’T GET IT TWISTED. Lure spin under the ice can seriously turn fish off, as potential energy of spooled or twisted line causes jigs, spoons and other offerings to turn unnaturally, making fish wait for a moment to bite, and when it doesn’t come, they take off. We give some recommendations as to how to eliminate this on ice issue in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: A vertical spool on a ice rod helps eliminate line twist, a key consideration when angling for picky panfish under ice. Simonson Photo
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Fri 12/15 – Start the Weekend Right! Hi 40, Lo 23, Winds SW@8.
Tomorrow: Sat 12/16 – A great Saturday. Hi 37, Lo 30, Winds NW@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:22AM Sunset: 4:55PM
Moonrise: 5:35AM Moonset 3:46PM
Overhead: 10:44AM Underfoot: 11;07PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (6% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 3:50 – 4:50PM. Moonset and sunset overlap in the Edge Hour, and calm conditions will help get animals moving as evening approaches.
ON A SWIVEL. A swivel tied two or three feet above an offering that does a lot of spinning or swooping under an ice hole can help eliminate line twist. For lures like ripping spoons, blade baits, Chubby Darters or Jigging Raps, a swivel can help get rid of the spins under the water and make things look more natural when the bait comes to rest. A small swivel can also help prevent unnatural jig spin for panfish offerings, so have a selection in your tacklebox for big and small baits alike.
SPOOL IT. Using a variety of the vertical or “fly reel” types of ice reels popularized by panfishermen on ice in recent seasons helps eliminate line twist and unnecessary spins with small jigs and other offerings. The vertical storage of monofilament on these reels keeps kinking and coiling to a minimum which in turn limits lure spin as the line tries to reverse its memory.
CUT AND TIE. In the end, it may come down to trimming the bottom couple of feet of line off after an active jigging spoon session, or when you start to notice that your jig is spinning in the hole before dropping it down. Fish typically don’t bite until the lure is sitting still, so the time taken to trim the twisted line pays off with more strikes under ice. Cut as needed and connect!