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croixeyes

Beanies River Rat Tournament

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croixeyes

Well we are a month away from the 14th annual River Rat tournament held at Beanies Maui resort.The contest this year will be on Saturday Sept22 from 7am to 3pm,the cost is 20$ per person.This is not a high stakes tourney,rather its purpose is to raise money for a youth sevice bureau.There are cash prizes for largest walleye,heaviest stringer walleye/sauger combined and biggest ugliest fish.Last year there were only a few FMers at this event,hopefully this year some more of you folks can join us out there......

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Mille Lacs Guy

I'll be fishing it again this year looking to defend our largest stringer title. It was a fun time last year which was the first year I fished it.

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croixeyes

AAAHHHH The largest stringer!!!!the most coveted title on the Croix.Mille lacs guy,you and Gus have held the crown long enough.M.J. thinks this may be his year to break through but he may be busy with his new addition to his family.We will see you on the 22nd,ps hows that new boat of yours riding...

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OakdaleFMR

Croixeyes,

How do you sign up for the tourney? I will check at Beanies when I launch there this weekend. I will show up with my 13 year-old daughter. I know she can out fish me any day.

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Mille Lacs Guy

croixeyes,

Look forward to seeing you on the 22nd. The new boat is working great so far. I think we'll be using Gus' boat for the tournament. He got a new one this year too. Hopefully MJ can fish even with his new addition. It should be fun!

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Walli1

Looks like I'll hve that weekend open this year, past years its been the family fishing outing on the whitefish chain but it looks like its not going to happen this year. I don't really know much about the river that far up, heck I've only been above the kinni less then a dozen times in 9 years, maybe I need to expand my fishing area, Sounds like it would be alot of fun, plus I'd meet some more river guys and maybe learn something along the way, still got time to decide confused.gif

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croixeyes

Walli1...you can still ply the areas you fish down south,just time your run so you leave time to make it back.There is only 2 no wake zones between beanies and your area,the kinni being the longest.Your fishing times will have to be changed though,yer eyes will have to get use to sunlight smile.gif.It might be a good Idea to see some other parts of the river,they are all pretty similar though.Youll be fine with the river knowledge you have.This will be the 3rd year for a back to back tournament wknd for me,after Beanies me and a buddy are headin up to Pelican lake in Nisswa to fish the annual walleye alliance tournament,flat out fun...See ya on the river...

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OakdaleFMR

I talked to the folks at Beanies when I launched there this past weekend, and they said there was no registration form?? They said all you had to do was show up that morning and sign up. That seems a little odd, or a whole lot hectic prior to heading out. Can anyone confirm that all you do is show up?? Thanks.

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use2bwalleyefanatic

Also is there an issue with fishing alone? I have a couple of feelers out but I'm really looking forward to fishing this and don't want my fate to be determined by someone else's schedule.

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tunrevir

You can fish alone but it sure betters your odds if you bring someone with you. I am sure you could get a couple people interested in going out on this here site. Just put out the call! It was alot of fun last year even though we got spanked but we still had a good time even with the tornadic activity. grin.gif Then again, if you have a bunch of secret spots down there ..........take meeeeee! grin.gif

Tunrevir~ cool.gif

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Walli1

Looks like I'll have that weekend open this year and the plan is to fish the beanies tourney, Hopefully my brother will make it down to fish with me, if not I'll fly solo, still have to find some areas to fish but its fine cool.gif

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use2bwalleyefanatic

I found someone to take up some room in the boat with me. He's not a very good fisherman so I'll probably only get outfished 3:1. As a matter of fact I do have some secret spots close to beanies, very secret. These spots are so secret the only ones that know about them are the sheepies and me. I can only hope that the sheepies tell the walleyes about the spots because they are about as close to perfect as they come with the exception of no walleyes.

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tunrevir

Well, there is always the ugliest fish part of the contest and I don't think anyone has brought a sheepie in to weigh yet......... The main thing is have fun, enjoy the day and the people you are with and hopefully the fish gods will give you something to weigh in, if not, still better then having to be at work!

Tunrevir~ grin.gif

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jigginjim

I paid my entry fee for the Buffalo Hospital tourney the same day. Could have been fun. frown.gif

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hanson

Biggest Ugliest Fish...

Hmmm... I know a few guys who could put the smack down on that category. I've got to believe an Eel of any size would be declared winner. grin.gif

Ugly is a pretty subjective term and if I were judging, that would be walleyes. Flathead cats are such pretty creatures. smile.gif

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Shack

Ya, I would not think a catfish would be considered ugly shocked.gif!

I would say the musky ranks up their. grin.gif

American eel or the Gar would probably take the cake.

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DonBo

I put a 13 lb sheephead in the boat a couple weeks ago. That was a whole lot of ugly, and slimey. Was fun though, right up untill I saw what it was...

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fishingbuddy

Iraqi Dave and Crabby Dave are in....

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FWA

No tourney for me. I'll be out of town that weekend. I suck on the Croix, so I save money by not fishing.... wink.gif

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Dale Rueber

Can somebody tell me where Beanies is located? This type of tournament sounds like fun and a good chance to meet some good fisherman, maybe pickup some pointers. I have been fishing the St Croix and Mississippi for a couple of months with very spotty luck because I don't know what I'm doing most of the time. Thanks to everybody on this forum fo all of the tips so far, you have helped a lot.

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use2bwalleyefanatic

FunFish, this tourney does sound like a blast. I have some advice for you if you're going to fish the tourney, don't follow the Tracker Tundra. I've been out 5 times in the past 2 weeks and the only thing I've done is eliminate unproductive water. Looks like I'm going to be able to get out a couple more times before next weekend but at this point in time the confidence level is pretty low. If anybody has some GPS coordinates along with presentation methods I'm all ears. I'm not a proud man or apparently a good fisherman.

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rosspj59

Funfish, Beanies is the marina/boat launch under the I-94 bridge that crosses the st croix by Hudson. It is on the minnesota side of the river on the south side of the bridge. Take the last exit before crossing the river (Minn hwy 95/96)and head south about half a block and then take a left down to the boat launch. Sorry I don't remember the street names.

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Dale Rueber

Thanks for the directions! I have no experience above the Kinni so if anybody has some advice they they would like to throw out, I'm all ears. This summer I have been fishing Walleyes and anything else that will bite. Mostly casting Rapala's around wing dams below Prescott and along shore above Prescott on the MN side up to the Kinni. This should be a fun adventure to fish above the Kinni.

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Mille Lacs Guy

It's not that far down to the Kinni from Beanies. If that's where you are comfortable fishing make the run.

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croixeyes

Funfish...Do a search of beanies maui resort on the internet.Their website has a mapquest map for your viewing.They have limited parking down there,but I think they have additional parking with shuttle service,Maybe Turk or someone can chime in if they know this for sure.I myself launch elsewhere and pull up to there docks to go in to register.Hope this helps....

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