TOOLING AROUND. We’re enjoying the warmth and checking in on our tackle, gear and of course tools at mid-ice. We’ve got a best of the shack list for you and your on-ice adventures today as part of our Outdoors Roundup to make sure you have the gear you need on ice – and much of it transfers to openwater usage too!
Featured Photo: The sun rises through morning haze. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Sun 2/2 – Shadow? – Hi 38, Lo 33, Wind NW@15, G25
Tomorrow: Mon 2/3 – Cooling – Hi 24, Lo 19, Wind N@9
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
12:09PM 1:48AM 7:26PM 7:03AM
Moon Phase: First Quarter
EDGE HOUR: 7:00-8:00PM. Close out the weekend with moon overhead and calmer conditions for a night ice bite in our Edge Hour.
Having a small toolbox with the blades, cutters and gear you need for the ice is essential for a safe and enjoyable trip in case something goes akilter. Stash it all in a waterproof box and store it with your tackle. Here’s what we’ve got on our checklist:
(_) Knife – for cutting
(_) Scissors – option #2 for cutting
(_) Pliers with Cutter – for on-ice emergency projects
(_) Line Nipper – makes clean work of line and cables
(_) Mini flashlight – when all else fails, have a backup light
(_) Electrician’s/Duct Tape – for patching and for connections
(_) Replacement Connectors for Sonar – just in case
(_) Paracord – for securing tarps and tie-downs and a million other things.