INSIDE INSIGHTS. With the windchill advisory extended for much of the state into mid-day today, now is the time to finalize all those last-minute items and gear checks for ice fishing. Charge those batteries, prep your permanent house and re-line a few reels, because the end of this cold snap is in sight, and good solid ice awaits! We talk about getting prepared in today’s Three Things.
(Featured Photo: Hooked. A pair of stocking-stuffer tip-ups are ready to be strung with dacron line. Simonson Photo)
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 12/28 – WC Advisory. Hi 1, Lo -6, Winds NW@13.
Tomorrow: Fri 12/29 – Continued Hoth-like. Hi -2, Lo -10, Winds NW@9
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 8:27AM Sunset: 5:02PM
Moonrise: 2:03PM Moonset 2:49AM
Overhead: 8:57PM Underfoot: 8:31AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (75% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 1:30-2:30PM. Moonrise will help some in today’s Edge Hour, but conditions will be challenging.
PATCH ADAMS. Heat loss – especially in conditions like these – can certainly shorten an ice fishing trip. Check portable shelters over for damage to tarps and around seams and repair as necessary. Most companies offer patches in the same material, whether thermal or standard, which are easily applied with epoxy or other sealants. If worse comes to worst, a good stitchworker can make a bigger repair as well.
TRACK CLEATS. Get a grip by inspecting on-ice traction from cleats. It may be that the metal has worn down, or in the case of coil-based traction, fallen off altogether. If things are looking sketchy invest in a new set, as this season’s early ice, with minimal snow will create a slippery setting to start. While going through is the most feared scenario, broken bones, bumps and bruises are the most common injuries on the ice – foot traction can help prevent those.
RUN IT. In the super-cold conditions is a great time to test auger reliability. Let your unit chill outside the garage and see how it turns over and make some tweaks from there. The warmth of September and the control of a closed space were the easy test. In the elements is where ice-cutters face their true challenge. If things don’t fire up, get it looked at before next week when things warm up!