HOOKED ON SUMMER. After last night’s rains move out, things will warm up into yet another ideal summer day with light winds and temps in the mid-80s. Take advantage of those conditions by getting on the water and using today’s tips in our Outdoors Roundup.
Featured Photo: UP TOP. The placement of a knot matters on larger wire hooks. Keep the line from slipping the eye on the hookset by resetting frequently, per our tip below! Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Wed 7/17 – Chance Rain – Hi 82, Lo 65, Wind L&V
Tomorrow: Thu 7/18 – Westerlies – Hi 84, Lo 67, Wind W@10, G20
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:20PM 6:40AM 2:09AM 2:33PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (99% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 9:30-10:30PM. Catch a hot bite as the sun goes down and moon rises in our Edge Hour.
SLIP KNOT. When using wire hooks – especially larger models like 2/0 or bigger – be certain that the knot you tie stays up top on the hook eye. Check after each cast to be certain the knot hasn’t wedged against where the wire eye closes – superlines can slip right through the small space on a hard hookset – and reset it to the top position as needed.
NOW IT’S A FISH TOWEL. A great addition to any boat is a towel for wiping hands after boating a fish. Especially for those who angle in waters where slimier species, such as pike, catfish and bullheads are frequent catches. Find an old golf towel and clip it to a ring in the boat and it’s always at the ready.
SQUIRT BOTTLE. Stash a liter bottle of water with a sport cap in a storage compartment in your fishing boat, and refill it before each trip if necessary. Use it for your own hydration, or if you fish with your favorite four-legged friend, some squirtable K-9 coolant on these warmer summer days.