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Feeling the pain for a couple guys this morning. First light a truck pulling a big glass boat goes flying by my place. Then a few minutes later another. Half hour later I am having coffee as a third truck pulling a 620 whistles by.

I just came in from scraping the frozen slush of the garage slab and all three rigs were headed back south...ouch.

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ozzie

guess they didn't read the river reports carefully and didn't notice the overnight temp wasn't helping their situation!!

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ac777

Could they not get in at birchdale or what?

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harvey lee

I'll be flying by in 10 days to Birchdale or Frontier.

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IceHawk

So will I game on next Fri-Sun.

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meathunter

Jonny I will be flying by your sturgeon hole on that bend on the way to the church next weekend seen you land some big ones there last year

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Random guy

That entire stretch has been good to me. I like that corner as the walleye anglers tend to be further downstream so I am not anchored in the middle a bunch of guys drifting, and they are not jigging around my 80lb test or 100 foot anchor rope.

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Could they not get in at birchdale or what?

Nope they went up without calling or checking and could not get the big boats in. They turned it around and headed back home as have many guys this last week. Some just figure "hey! It's April Jack, lets go to the Rainy".

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DTro

Must be all the pros itching to get up there so they can shoot some video of the latest and greatest monster walleye bait.  I think last year there had to have been at least a dozen MUST HAVE baits in order to catch those big ones.  smile  

 

Yet the guys in the 14ff tins wearing carhardts said the secret bait was whatever you tied on your line. 

 

Who is a guy ever to believe??   confused

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CANOPY SAM

smile Amen brother, Amen!

You wouldn't be a "pro" if you were caught using a simple jig and a minnow.

Jon, I think I hear a little Si Robertson impression in there? laugh

Man, that is an expensive ride that could've been avoided with a simple phone call.

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BigTen

Must be all the pros itching to get up there so they can shoot some video of the latest and greatest monster walleye bait.  I think last year there had to have been at least a dozen MUST HAVE baits in order to catch those big ones.  smile  

 

Yet the guys in the 14ff tins wearing carhardts said the secret bait was whatever you tied on your line. 

Who is a guy ever to believe??   confused

I always want to ask all the self proclaimed pros what their "sponsorship package" is from the companies whose apparel they have plastered on from head to toe.

I know, I know, they aren't wearing it to look important, they are wearing it because its more comfortable....LOL

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iceman16

if they would have only waited another day B-dale was open for big boats. had a great week up there. came home today heading back up tomorrow!!!!

iceman

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uffdapete

Just an FYI - got word from a very reliable source there were 300 boats out today and up to a 4 hour wait to launch. I'm going ice fishing.

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TyGuy02

uffdapete! not your name but holy smokes!

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meathunter

I got word that frontier is open to big boats and i plan on being in deer river when freds opens at 6! I know its cold and gona snow but i got a new I pilot im dyeing to try. Also its a crapshoot either the water is cold and the fish are not in the river or its wide open rising with a chance to muddy up at any moment. Its april 6th time to HOOK UP THE boat. I will post my 4 day fishing report on the other thread. I bet jonny will be anchored up in a hole regardless of the weather or traffic.

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    • Wanderer
      That’s a bucket list trip for me.  No reason that I haven’t been there yet outside of the fact it isn’t in my normal territory.  And that’s an ironic statement for me to make! Come to think of it, I should just plan it and go.  It’ll never happen otherwise.  Anybody got any pointers for heading that direction?  I wouldn’t even know where to start.  Pretty self sufficient for gear and travel and could figure it out eventually but a helping hand or even a guide reference would be appreciated.
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