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PRFISHER

Does anyone else sit the opener out? I have for the past couple of years for a couple reasons...

1. Maybe it is just me but it always seems to be cold and windy on the opener? (Have you been outside today?)

2. Long lines at the accesses!

3. Small lakes packed with people that got "hot tips"...


This is why I start my opener during the following week. I like to fish for fun. Freezing, watching a guy load a boat for the first time, and manuevering around boats are not fun... Atleast in my mind.

Fun weekend, for mixing a stiff one and watching people...

Anyonw else???

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Havin' Fun

Honestly,
I like everything about fishing opener, including the long lines, people on lakes with hot tips. It's what opener is all about.

The last few openers with it's blustery north winds, rain(snow!!!!)and cold, has left the lakes more to myself, and the fish sure don't mind the wind and overcast...as I've had fantastic fishing the last 2 years. Guess it's really personal preference. This will be the first Saturday morning opener I will have missed in quite sometime....I have a wedding to attend.

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Mark Christianson

A wedding?????

I hope it is your own wedding, otherwise I think you can play your trump card and go fishing!
It is the opener. Who on earth in MN would plan a wedding on any MN opener???

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ChuckN

No way, I can't see myself sitting out on a opener, no matter what the weather is and how many people. grin.gif

Mark, see you on OT? I don't know what your boat looks like?? smile.gif

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Jigging Bob

Hey PRFISHER,
Its all about fishing. Meeting other fishermen and women. I am a big catch and release man so it doesn't matter to me really. I would fish no matter what. I haven't ever missed a opener and I don't plan to miss this years. I'll fish from shore if it is to windy or crappy. I will give you this though. It is always ****ty on opener. Not sure what mother nature is thinking. Probably laughing her *** off at us out on a lake fishing in that. Oh well

If I have to wait 10 or 20 minutes to get my boat in that doesn't bother me. I would probably go down and help others at the landing rather than sitting in my truck waiting. It usually helps speed things up and you get to meet some good people.
You never know they might see you later and give you some helpful tips on the honeyholes for the help you gave them earlier.

Mix one for me and I will crack a beer for you. Might need it if the wheather is going to be bad. Good luck next weekend. Hopefully I will have some luck to.

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Mark Christianson

Chuck
I will be on Ottertail.
Are you gonna give it a try too?

You know what my Dads rig looks like.
Maybe I will run out to the garage and email you a digital of my rig. smile.gif

One dead give away if its me you see. Look for the "175" Honda tiller. I assure you it is me.

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ChuckN

Yeah, that 175 will be a dead give away, but I'll be close enough to see your pretty face then. LOL

Just look for the black Tuffy. grin.gif Sounds like the river will be the only launching spot for the tub. Oh, fun!

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Mark Christianson

Bring on the wind, rain, snow and cruddie conditions.

Less people to deal with on the launches!!!

Although, 75 and sunny would be nice too.

Whatever happens, I will be there.
Heck it sleeted enough to cover the floor of the boat a couple years ago. And we caught 90+ walleyes over the weekend. Not even fishing that hard. It rocked!

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Gissert

Hey Chuck -

Have fun on OTL. I'll be soaking a slip bobber off my dock, and maybe run over to T-Bones in the evening.

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ChuckN

Hey Gissert, if you want to fish OT let me know. Might have a spot in the boat??

Your plan sounds mighty nice too. There's always something biting there...

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jerkin'm

I am just going to look for a big giant deep black skeeter on OT since I heard he knows where all the fish are.

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Paul Rohweller

I'll be out at midnite, I had to miss it last year sort of with the governors opener but this year I'll be out with two great fishing buddies having FUN! Its not going to matter what the weather does as long as theres no lightning. Have fun, good luck and be safe all!! Paul

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Juice

Well good luck guys on OT. And the rest of you guys going out, its probably gonna be another cold and windy day. I'll probably cast shad raps from shore or docks at OT. I may swing out there on the main lake...IF not ill find a nice consealed lake where its out of the wind.

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fish-n-hunt 'em up

You'all got to put things in perspective concerning long waits at the access - ever fished the Mississippi at Red Wing in the spring? Honestly, a 45+ minute wait most days, and then you can't find a place to park your rig. Take the opener for what it is - a start to the season - yeeee hah! Crowds, people who never fish another day the rest of the season, people with mechanical troubles, iffy weather, a reason to indulge a liitle (or in my case, a lot!) Best of luck to all of you!

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Mark Christianson

Parking is not a problem if you get creative.......

My secret.

I launch at the landing just south of town on the NE side of the lake. If the lot is full, no big deal.....
You cannot park on the road, but has anyone thought about the wayside rest parking areas down the road?????

I dump in, drive the truck down to the wayside rest and park, and my buddies drive the boat down and pick me up.
There is even a nice concrete staircase going right down to the lake shore.

Never a problem for parking for me.
Shhhhh. Don't tell too many people.

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Gissert

Chuck - Thanks for the invite, but I am gonna fish and clean up my stump grindings by my dock at the same time.

I'm off from the 22nd through the 31st, so maybe we can hook up then.

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Guest

Well Biglake.....

You just told THE WHOLE WORLD!!! grin.gif

Have fun out there guys, heard the lake is WAY down.

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ChuckN

LOL, the stealth will be hidden jerkin'm smile.gif
I suppose I'll be looking for the only bass boat on the lake?

Gissert, you have more projects than I. We'll get out another time for sure.


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PRFISHER

Thats it
All this talk has got me going...

Light north winds tonight and not too "cold"

I'm with Gissert , fish the old fashion way.
Out of the wind on shore with a beer in hand. I have even thought about getting the fish trap and a heater out . Kind of like tip-up fishing...

Have fun on OT sat. s-se winds 21-25 mph and chance of rain in the afternoon. BBBRRR!

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PRFISHER

Thats it
All this talk has got me going...

Light north winds tonight and not too "cold"

I'm with Gissert , fish the old fashion way.
Out of the wind on shore with a beer in hand. I have even thought about getting the fish trap and a heater out . Kind of like tip-up fishing...

Have fun on OT sat. s-se winds 21-25 mph and chance of rain in the afternoon. BBBRRR!

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Mark Christianson

The fish are gonna be snappin!!!!!!

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BarTender

Unfortunatly, tis will be the first opener I wont be fishing, since I can remember.

My buddy also has decided to rune opener for a bunch of us and has his wedding on Sat. If I wasnt a grooms man , he would have goten a card in the mail.

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bigbucks

I hear you on the weddings on fishing opener thing. My wife's cousin is getting married tomorrow so I'm in trouble with my father-in-law because, let's just say I won't be complaining that the ceremony's too long...

One of my own cousins got married on bow opener several years ago. I was helping a different cousin track a nice 8 pointer when the rest of the family left for the wedding. We did go to another cousin's wedding on duck opener once, but the ceremony did end with some of us ushers trying to call mallards down the aisle. They never came, but it wasn't because they couldn't hear us.

I hope the fish bite on OT tomorrow, we're not getting out real early as we have to cheer the Wolves on first. After years of hammer handles & skunks on Osakis every opener we're trying something new this year, the little lake "hotspot" we tried last year was a bust.

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