WHAT’S NEW? The new moon rising and setting aligns with dawn and dusk and some stable weather conditions to make for an excellent day on the water! If you’re thinking of playing hooky – from work or with some fish (or both!) – today is that day. We talk deer apps, knot positioning and look ahead to the weekend in today’s Three Things.
Featured Photo: Know your knot. Check knot positioning frequently on wire hooks to prevent slippage on the hookset. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: 7/12 – Summer sweetness. Hi 84, Lo 64, Wind NW@9.
Tomorrow: 7/13 – Another nice one. Hi 87, Lo 62, Wind S@7.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:01AM Sunset: 9:36PM
Moonrise: 5:32AM Moonset 9:20PM
Overhead: 1:27PM Underfoot: 12:55AM
Moon Phase: New @ 9:48PM
EDGE HOUR: Double Edge! 5:15-6:15AM & 9:00-10:00PM. Pick sunrise or sunset, with light winds and a powerful new moon to give you a Double Edge Hour today!
TRY, TRY AGAIN. Unsuccessful resident deer hunters can apply for the second lottery for over 3,000 antlerless tags that remain statewide for the firearms deer season. The majority of the remaining antlerless tags are available in the south central and southwest regions of the state. The second lottery application period is now open and runs until August 8.
CHECK THAT KNOT. A good tip for wire hooks, like those in our featured photo, is to check knot positioning after every cast. Make sure the line is not snugged up against the point where the eye is formed and a tiny gap exists, as a strong hookset can slip the knot through the tight spot, especially with superlines. The knot should rest at the 12 o’clock position.
SPLIT PERSONALITY. It’s looking like the weekend will showcase two very different days as an overnight cold front will drop high temperatures from 95 on Saturday to a more comfortable high of 78 on Sunday. If you’re looking for a hot bite, bear the heat on Saturday afternoon and evening to get in on some fantastic pre-frontal fishing on the backside of the new moon.