COMING DOWN. This Sunday morning will be the first hint that temperatures won’t nearly be the blast-furnace conditions experienced by the region yesterday. Finish out the weekend with some great weather and get in on the start of the second half of summer and its good fishing. We talk topwater bass favorites in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Fish On! A shallow water largemouth takes a rod to full bend. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 7/8 – Clouds clear out. Hi 88, Lo 68, Wind N@7.
Tomorrow: Mon 7/9 – A nice one! Hi 86, Lo 64, Wind SE@10.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 5:58AM Sunset: 9:38PM
Moonrise: 2:35AM Moonset 4:40PM
Overhead: 9:32AM Underfoot: 9:58PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (26% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:15-10:15PM. Why not extend your post-Fourth weekend a little longer with a solid bite in a late Edge Hour?
BUZZED. For an easy set-and-forget topwater experience, simply cast a buzzbait out and let it chatter its way across the shallows. The continuous gurgle of the turning blade and the bubbly trail will draw in bass within a 20-foot radius and the explosions can be tremendous. Count to two and set the hook!
WALK THIS WAY. Side-to-side surface lures like the Zara Spook and other walk-the-dog style baits are classic offerings that trigger monster surface strikes from bass. Work them in open shallow areas, with a downward snap of the rod tip tied directly to the line. Allow the splashdown rings to dissipate before reeling, as some strikes can come just after the bait lands on the surface.
WIGGLE IT. The flapping and wiggling of tentacles on the surface also draw in fish, and Texas-rigged surface baits can bring fish in from a good distance as well. Give the Zoom Horny Toad and other soft plastics a try rigged up on a 2/0 to 4/0 wide-gap worm hook to mix up your surface offerings and work them in slop and open surface areas as well.