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Behind every great person... are a bunch of other people.  Ahh the power of collaboration. We started this social network we call Fishing Minnesota in 1998. We've had our ups and we've had our downs but mostly ups. It's been a great ride so far and I'm sure many of you will agree you have come to know this place as home. We tore down the home in November of 2014 and started building a new place where you love to hangout and talk about the outdoors in Minnesota. The nice thing about this new home is we can add features you want to use easily because it suits more folks for what they are looking for in a community.

insider-snip-blog072415.thumb.JPG.0e9fe2Inside Traders (IT) happens to be your collaboration tool. Right now the framework is still going up and we couldn't wait to put a few finishing touches on it if you want see a bit of it in action (See menu above). IT has potential for you to grow and gives you the ability to create your own outdoor network to collaborate with. IT is easy.

We work together, on the playing field, at the office, raising children, in the field and on the water. Humans are social animals, and civilization is the result of pooled effort. So it pays to figure out what got us here, and how we can continue to join forces going forward. Inside traders is part of that plan where you are involved in something bigger than ourselves.

We provide the platform and 'you control how your Inside Trader group works once we roll this baby out in full force. The early bird gets the worm.

We have a couple Inside Trader groups started and a third that will launch in the next week or two. The Bluegill and Crappie Inside Traders group is an invite only group. Members are selected and invited based on their posts in the Bluegill & Crappie forum. The same will happen with the Walleye and Sauger Inside Traders and the Walleye forum. This is just one type of collaboration YOU can start. IT can take many forms to fit you.

These two Inside Traders groups will be sharing information among Elite anglers who have already proven they share good information on that topic. Those Inside Traders  will be the only ones who have access to the information in their respective collaboration. Trading/sharing locations, tactics, trips, vacations and more.

The Fishing Reports for Inside Traders is for you who earn a certain Prestige level, because  you share information, based on posts you make and reputation points you earned. Only those of you who have been automatically added, because you share good information in the forums, have liked others posts, and have earned likes in return, will be able to access the collaborations going on in this Prestige Inside Traders group.

Once you have earned your way into an Inside Traders group and we have given staff their chance to roll with an Inside Traders group, it's then  you seize your opportunity to be one of the first to start an Inside Traders group collaboration. The decision you make will be based on your interest and how you want your Inside Traders group to roll.

We would like you to use Inside Traders to collaborate and 'have more fun'. :)

Available for you soon.


You can use the @mention aspect whenever you want someone to be notified about a post or let them know you are talking about them.

  • Type the @ symbol
  • type in a couple "lowercase" letters
  • pause
  • then once the names pop-up either select or keep typing in letters to narrow down the list until you get the @mention name you are looking for.

You can play a game so members can see how it works.

If you want to practice or If your name has been @mentioned below you should see it in your notifications (upper right) and you then have to @mention one or two members who haven't been mentioned inthe comments section below. Let's see how long we can keep this going.

Anyone who duplicates a name that has already been @mentioned loses.

This is the first group to be @mentioned to get the ball rolling: @Borch

@Scott K

@Corey Bechtold

@Matt Johnson


@eyeguy 54




@Cliff Wagenbach

@Wayne Ek



When you are the father you take your little girl to the Memorial day parade....but in my case...

This is what fathers do on Memorial day. Watch their baby girl playing a flute in the Marching band on Memorial day. That and remembering my father and grandfathers who fought n WW1 and the cold war defending our freedoms. And all the others who defended the liberty and way of life we enjoy today.

Annabelle is in the front row with the flute closest to the camera.

Have a great Memorial day and if you choose to take a second, honor a hero in your family, your neighborhood and your world.



To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny boneReba McEntire

2003-miss-gathering1.thumb.jpg.f38ab6bfeOur wish is to work out the tough bugs in your new Fishing Minnesota forum, there will always be some bugs and we want to have the ones that make it tough to sign-in worked out. Please use the Contact Us link at the bottom of the page if you cannot sign-in. We will help you. Some of that issue was operator error...mine.

We are committed to moving ahead with the new forum because of the possibilities it offers users here, even with a few folks having a difficulty signing-in with the new forum software. There is no perpetual engine in the world. However, there are lots of eternal brakes.

We are pleased that a vast majority have no issues and like the new forums and the potential it represents. More good things are coming and they will come in measured steps. We went with the new forums because of the ability to enhance your experience in steps if you want to do more than just read the forums. Check this forum out on mobile, really check it out's pretty slick.

You may 'want to do do more than look, if 'you can, show us the sharing person you are. Perhaps you share outdoor pursuits and passions. We want to see you doing what you love most. You will be richer in the end than a prince, if you are a friend. A friend we will always love is in the pic on the left. A kind and generous friend.

I will end this with a quote by Robert Louis Stevenson:
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seed that you plant"


Well ladies and gentleman, seeing as no one else has started their own blog and only one other person has updated their status here, I will kick it off.

As most of you know we changed over to a new forum. What most of you don't know is that it is a radically different forum.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, go ahead and enjoy the new, albeit slower forum (we're working on that). Once you get used to it, it will seem very similar to the old forum with a few interesting quirks.


As 'you post good information' you may be pleasantly surprised that you are being noticed and people actually let you know they 'like your post'. Yes, there is a 'Like This' button in bottom right of your post. Note: you can't see it in your own post if you are logged in.

You might also notice as more folks start to like your posts you develop a following that just keeps growing. That's because all one needs to do is click on your name and 'follow you' so they can see all of the great info you post. A nice benefit is that a lot of those folks who follow you will also see your posts with questions. Most are willing to share great info with you because they already know you are a generous soul because they are following you.

Oh wait, there's more....but we will save that for another post. The new forums are plenty to digest for the time being. You can find a lot more on your own if you want.

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