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muc33

Getting prepared!!!

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Although I am by no means done ice fishing.... Who is getting ready for open water season now? I don't waste too much time because we usually have already been to the river in the boat by now, but with a slow start to our preperation, I don't know that I will make it there this year.

I am going to the sportsmans show in SF tomorrow to get some more stuff. Look at some new toys and build a wish list for my birthday to give the wife and kids. Lucky me my birthday falls the night before opener!!!!!

I need some more jig heads, and I always make a point when I spot my favorite cranks, to pick up one or two. That way by only spending a ten spot here or there doesn't hurt so much.

I am really excited this year as I am going to build a few new rods for open water.

What are your plans for open water, are you getting ready? Or is it still too cold for you to think about???????

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Eric Wettschreck

Dude, I love drilling holes in the water and I'm not ready to give it up quite yet.

However, I'll admit that eventually, Minnesota warms up and the water gets softer. I'm so far from ready for that I could puke. My boat needs soooooooooooooo much work I don't know where to start. Last fall, when I put it away I had the greatest of intentions of working on it. Like all my other winter projects, it's sat behind my garage until I realize I need it. I'll get it going, no doubt, but it's March, and the perch are biting.

I was going to hit the sports show with the wife, but other stuff came up. I hate to miss it, but I think I have to. Bummer.

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idratherbefishing

Although the late ice bite is a blast and i will be the one using planks or a step ladder to get on the ice, i cant wait for open water! I usually start fishing Silver Lake right after ice out. Then the honey hole for big blugills and crappies on Okaboji. Hope to get a new butt seat for my boat, probably another drift sock and maybe a new graph\gps combo and i'll be ready to roll.

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ifishsd

I'll be at the Sports show today looking at the new Gadets myself.

Just need the snow drift to melt so I can put the boat in the garage. Put some new line on the reels and I will be ready. Stocked this winter on lures. Looks like mid April before open water around here?

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muc33

Well I got some more goodies yesterday at the Sportsmans Show in Sioux Falls. Ran into quite a few FM'ers there, good to see you Marv, Brian, John. Picked up a few new plugs, bought some close out ice fishing lures and jigs. Just about pulled the trigger on a catfish pole...(something I am going to do some more of this summer). I did get sucked in on some of the gimmick stuff too. While I found out last year in my week in Canada on Lac Seul, tieing and retieing all day long for 7 days you fingers start to bleed and really becomes tough, especially if it is raining and windy. So I bought one of those knot tieing jobbies.... looks simple enough and if it makes my fingers hurt less, BONUS.

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