SET THE STAGE. Various fish (and fishing setups) require varying hooksets. We go through some of the more common scenarios to help you set the stage for a successful fight in today’s Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: Fish On! A good hookset means a better chance at landing a fish. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Tue 6/11 – Mid Day Rain – Hi 72, Lo 52, Wind N@13, G22
Tomorrow: Wed 6/12 – Cooler – Hi 68, Lo 48, Wind N@8
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
3:14PM 3:02AM 9:26PM 9:02AM
Moon Phase: Waxing Gibbous (66% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 8:30-9:30PM. Moon underfoot will trigger a morning bite before the storms in today’s Edge Hour.
QUICK SNAP. Crappies have super-soft mouths, giving them their nickname “papermouth.” On the strike, a quick snap of the wrist is all it takes to put a hook in place, no power set required.
BASEBALL SWING. Bass have larger, rubbery mouths and when fishing them with soft plastics especially, require the powerful sweeping hookset as seen on TV. This helps punch the hook through any plastic, and then into the jaw of the fish.
ON THE FLY. Trout and bluegills typically rise to take a fly, and being usually lighter fish, need only a downward pull on the line and an upward raise of the rod to set the hook in place. Bigger fish, like bass and bony-mouthed species like pike and muskies need a harder hookset from a bigger rod swept sideways while pulling hard on the line.