TAKE IT EASY. There are steps to take while fishing that will make the process of catch and release easier this time of year. With warm waters, the stress of landing fish requires a quick and knowledgable turn-around to get them back in the flow to be caught again. We talk about those tips in today’s Three Things.
Easy Off. Mash the barbs on hooks for easy releases with all species of fish, including bass. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 8/5 – Lookin’ good. Hi 82, Lo 60, Wind NW@10.
Tomorrow: Mon 8/6 – Cloud cover. Hi 81, Lo 59, Wind L&V.
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Sunrise: 6:28AM Sunset: 9:09PM
Moonrise: 1:06AM Moonset 3:34PM
Overhead: 8:14AM Underfoot: 8:41PM
Moon Phase: Waning Crescent (40% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30-9:30PM. Sunset, moon underfoot and warm conditions will give you the advantage in today’s Edge Hour.
BARBLESS. Barbless hooks help with easy releases. Not just for trout, it’s easy to transfer the tactic over to other fish by simply mashing the barb flat on any hook. Try it with EWG hooks for bass plastics, you’ll find it takes a whole lot less reefing to get the bait loose from the tough corners of their mouths.
STAY WET. For fish that you don’t plan to keep, do your best to unhook them in the water next to the boat or shore. The more time they spend out of the water in the dry heat of day, the less likely they are to survive. Net them and let them stay below the surface while you prepare to unhook them and turn them loose.
LET ‘EM BREATHE. Big fish like muskies and pike caught in summer can really stress out, give them some time at boatside to revive after the fight by holding the tail and gently moving them back and forth under the surface to push water over their gills. It may take some time, but you’ll feel them kick and flick their tails when they’re ready to go.