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Early season crappie and trophy pike?

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went up to URL with a small group for the 1st time last late ice in a rental from kelly p...we did real good on some big crappies and tons of average size walleyes. we pulled in a couple stray pike and even a few perch also. i was hoping to go out with jon p to search for some trophy pike but the weather outside was terrible...you might remember us as the group of 4 with the big pile of crappies and crown royal bottles grin.gif...we had a blast and want to come up again forsure!

anyway my questions are, is the crappie and big pike bite decent early ice? or is a guy better off waiting a little while into the season or late ice? i would love to rent another shack or two from ya kelly but hopefully this time the weather is a little better so i can bounce around and search for some big pike. good or bad you'll be seein us soon!

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Ya I remember you guys...actaully I rember the trash bags jingled with bottles when I hauled them out laugh.gif. Definetly a good time had by all, in fact I was just looking at some of the pictures from last winter and came across the one with one of your group holding a fish and your buddy trying to grab another rod in the background behind the Crown bottles.

As for the pike they run strong all season, normaly we have a strong first ice bite although the muddy water slowed it down a little this year...but it is only clearing up as we speak so hang on they are getting hungry.

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nice..yeah i remember you and kelly took a few pics of us and our fish...we got some nice pics that we got developed also.

we all had a great time and we're lookin to come up again asap...how's the ice taking the snow we're getting? we got about 4-5 inches down here but it's snowin hard right now they say another 5-6 inches on top of that! you guys gettin pounded?

hopefully we can get up there sooner then later...u guys still not renting the sleepers until after christmas? have a good one and save some big pike for us!

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Nope we are going to play it safe until xmas time. Most of our clients are return customers and we want them to keep coming back...

Red lake can get spooky and we just want make sure everybody stays safe and has a good trip without disaster.

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hey i'm with ya on that...i'm not a big fan of fallin through the ice...i'd rather play it safe then sorry and day of the week.

the thing that spooks me the most about upper red though is the seals shocked.gif

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Looks like you are back online Jonny!

Only 3 more weeks and Ill be up with the gang. Sounds like it is gonna be a bachelor party on the ice. Woohoo.

Is our red shack still in one piece up there? grin.gif

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Yup looks like it made through harvest...worked out great as this years tool trailer. I'll try to get the wheels welded back on this week.

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