KNOCK-KNOCK. Warm weather returns to the region with a solid spike into the upper 80s today. The last stretch of August puts largemouth bass up shallow and under docks. We’ve got the tips to start your week off and help you find more bucketmouths.
Featured Photo: Posted. A nice largemouth bass caught and released along a lakeside dock. Simonson Photo.
WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today: Mon 8/19 – Hot Flash – Hi 87, Lo 57, Wind S@7
Tomorrow: Tue 8/20 – Cooler – Hi 76, Lo 57, Wind S@13
SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):
Moonrise Moonset Overhead Underfoot
10:55PM 10:41AM 4:32AM 4:53PM
Moon Phase: Waning Gibbous (85% Full)
EDGE HOUR: 4:30-5:30PM. Lessening winds, moon underfoot and mild temps will combine for a great Edge Hour.
SLING IT. Use a spinning rod spooled with 14-20 pound test fireline or other superline to cast tubes and other smooth, hydrodynamic baits with a sidearm sling, so they skip along the surface and skitter under docks, boat lifts and pontoons.
POWER SET. Feel for a take and a pull in the line or a hard thump and set the hook hard. The initial hookset should also serve as a means to horse the fish away from dock posts, lift bars and other structure.
YO-YO. If a bulldogging bass wraps the line around a dock post or other obstruction, give it some slack and then pull it back. While it doesn’t work all the time, it’s the best method of getting fish loose from a dock.