FUNK DAT! Like fashion, fishing lures tend to go in a circle. We remember when bucktail spinners were en vogue for pike and muskies, followed closely by marabou options. Then big sparkly synthetic flashabou options became all the rage. Now we’re back to where we started with natural materials being the things muskies haven’t seen (at least in a while). We talk about trends and tips on that front in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: The Sky is Falling! A Funky Chicken-style skirt awaits assembly on an inline spinner. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Thu 4/26 – Sustained NW gusts. Hi 64, Lo 40, Winds N@15, G25
Tomorrow: Fri 4/27 – Late-spring perfection. Hi 64, Lo 38, Winds N@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:36AM Sunset: 8:46PM
Moonrise: 5:06PM Moonset 5:27AM
Overhead: 11:36PM Underfoot: 11:11AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Crescent (86% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 5:30-6:30AM. Combine the almost-alignment of moonset and sunrise for a hot start in today’s Edge Hour.
AU NATURALE. Following a decade of synthetic dominance, “burner baits” like smaller bucktails and marabou in-line spinners are making a comeback for big pike and muskies. Perhaps it’s the fact that everyone from Garrison to Fargo to Duluth to Milaca has thrown double-12-bladed flashabou spinners for the last several years and the big fish are used to the baits, or perhaps it’s the fact that this generation of muskie slingers’ arms are getting sore and they need some lighter baits to throw. We know we do!
GOOD VIBRATIONS. Marabou is an easy-tying material that can be stacked and positioned to provide a full body like in our Featured Photo today. Just don’t overload the skirt, as marabou fibers function best when they’re allowed to breathe and vibrate effortlessly in the water. The bulk you see when it’s dry is an illusion that becomes a pulsating, life-like target to big predators once wet and towed behind a pair of blades.
UNDERCARRIAGE. Once reserved for accent under bucktail skirts, wet hackle feathers like the ones used in Lefty’s Deceiver are now comprising sub-skirts in resurgent baits like the Shumway Funky Chicken. With hundreds of feathers per bag, these “new again” accents to a standard inline spinner are easy to tie and add into favorite lure patterns.