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SFBOY

I would like to thank the pontoon full of people that parked 20 feet from my 7 year old and I the other night on a relatively empty 1500 acre lake. If you hadnt driven up to within 5 feet of my sons bobber and right over the area that I was casting on Saturday night with that 70 horse and kids jumping up and down we probably would have kept catching crappies. I apologize for asking you guys to move a little bit further away, but fortunately, you were able to scare off the school that we had found. I wish more people understood that it is a free lake and its OK to park as close to anyone that they wish. If everyone could figure that out, I am positive that fewer fish would be caught and it is always easier to keep a youngster interested when they are catching nothing. Thanks for attempting to teach my son that kind of behaivior is perfectly acceptable. Unfortunately, he and I had a talk about rudeness and complete lack of respect for others and the lesson was wasted. I hated to have that talk with him because I think it is important to grow up learning that it is much easier to watch guys catching fish from shore with binoculars and then just horn in on them than spend time on the lake learning how to fish. In fact, if you are free this fall, maybe you can take him out deer hunting and show him how to get up early and teach him how it is ok to sit in someone else's deer stand if you get there first. I am hoping to be back up there in a month so you will have another chance to ruin the fishing for him. Thanks again for all the help.

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Northlander
crazy.gif Thats too bad. Some people just dont care do they?

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chunkytrout

Oh joy! SF, it is so good of you to see the true value of people. Some people might miss the great lessons to be learned but obviously you can see right to the point. grin.gif

Today while unloading my work boat at the launch, a large group on a pontoon motored in. It seems they had run low on beverages. It must have been a drastic situation seeing how they ran right into the back of my jonboat which was tied up. I'm sure if SF were there he could have pointed out all of the good points of that situation. I was blind to them but that might have been because I was knocked backwards and hit my head on the middle bench. mad.gif

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Down Deep

This might have been the same group I encountered on Island Lake the other day. Bad enough they anchor within 10 feet of my bouy, but then they throw slip bobber rigs in every direction. They were nice enough to allow me to retrieve my bouy. I wished them well and moved on. I hadn't caught a fish on that reef anyway

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Steve Foss

Well, this was obviously the same boat sampling the fishing on different lakes on different days.

Chunkster, if all you hit was your head (I believe you and I could both be considered "thick-skulled") what's the big deal? No harm no foul. grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

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SFBOY

Northlander, I cant decide if people are becoming more rude or just more "stupider". I see this more and more all of the time up north, here in the Twin Cities, out deer hunting, and even during bear hunting season and it is frustrating.

I know of the people that did it to me the other night and from what I have heard, it should have been expected. It is such a tough thing to deal with. You expect it and yet I am shocked every time it does. I just kinda stand there with my mouth open.

I think next time I might be stripping down to the tighty whities and tucking them in like a sumo wrestler. I am sure the women and their kids on the boat would love to see the fat hairy guy in a thong dancing and singing Bee Gee songs.

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Gotta agree with you Ted. It has become more and more difficult to fish on that lake without some *&&%( ruining the day. I heard you guys were killing the crappies too! The sumo idea would scare the H out of anyone! The only thing scarier would be MRP in a thong!

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I think next time I might be stripping down to the tighty whities and tucking them in like a sumo wrestler. I am sure the women and their kids on the boat would love to see the fat hairy guy in a thong dancing and singing Bee Gee songs.


Now that right there is darn funny. grin.gifgrin.gifgrin.gif

How about "Stayin' Alive." cool.gif

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    • Hoey
      OK - we made it back!!!  Every trip is different with it's own potential perils.   I finally got into my house on Friday around 11am.  My guests were rookies, so i spent time with each of them, getting setup, heaters started, Vexilars set, houses banked, lines prep'd and set, bait, etc...  The bite was somewhat slow and many small ones.  The day got better 3 to 430pm.  Ended up with 6 nice eyes (19, 18x3, 17x2), 13 jumbos (most ever for a day), 12 small sauger which we ate for dinner.   On Saturday we headed up to the south shore of the Angle, longer ride, so again did not get started too early.  Ended up with our 6 eyes for our limit, these ranged from 15 to 16 inches and a 4-pack of sauger.  Again the bite seemed to pickup at 3 or so and was done by 430pm.   Ice as 3 foot or so.  Snow depth varied a lot, depending on the condition of the ice.  Smooth areas were blown off to crusty 6 inches or so.  Rough ice surely held a lot of snow.   The drive back on Sunday was somewhat tough from Baudette to Emily, winter storm warning.  Slow go, low visibility, and icy roads, sometimes down to 15 mph.   Next scheduled trip is with my wife, son, and three of his Gopher swim teammates for spring break in three weeks.  
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    • Sunset Lodge
      Hello from the NW Angle!

      Minnesota fishing has been most productive in 20-24 feet of water.  Guests are bringing home their limits of Walleye and Sauger with the occasional Perch and Northern mixed in. Fish have been most active early and late in the day and the bite has been terrific. The use of electronics continues to be very beneficial with fish taking jigging spoons, jigg’n raps or rattle baits.  Snowmobile ttrails on the Minnesota side continue to be maintained and are in great shape. We are still making ice, with most spots at over 30 inches. 

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      Switch to regular Budweiser and they seem to just jump out of the hole. No, seriously the way I improved my landing success through the ice was to go to small treble hooks. One small one on a 6' leader, a weight and Colorado blade above the leader seems to work for me. If you are on the flag right away, you don't risk gut-hooking them. I also recycle my Power Pro musky line and put it on tip ups. Also, I should add that I always  have a jaw-spreader and 8" forceps for quick and easy hook removal.
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