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Smallies snapin'...

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Get out NOW and fish the deeper holes of the Miss with plastics...today I was out on a guide trip and we managed a little over 30 fish in three hours...not too shabby. The average length was about 15" and the largest fish went 18.5"...I was really holding out for a five, but unfortunately we were not able to land a pig....lot's and lot's of swing's and misses though.

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Serving Central MN rivers & lakes

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Pic from Sunday's guide trip...pitchin' Ring-N tubes to shoreline rip-rap. For the day we caught approximately 30 fish. Most were smallies, but a few decent sized 'eyes fell to this presentation also. Nav

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Jon Navratil
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Serving Central MN rivers & lakes

[Note from Rick: You can see Ring-N Tubes at http://catchn.com ]

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Had my first taste of Mississippi River smallies last weekend - we put 6 in the boat over 17" with one at a shade over 20".

I am not familiar with the river except the small area near Rice Lake/Lum Park in Brainerd. Any other suggestions for putting on the river in other areas between Brainerd and, say, Monticello? I work in Elk River almost on the banks but it is WAY too shallow around here to put the boat in.

Thanks,

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Hey, you guys are right about the small mouths. I was a die hard walleye guy, but am a convert to smallies for the time being. Today, caught five 18 inchers, and one was 19 and a half. Probably only caught 10 others, with only 2 under 14 inches. What a blast!

Something weird happened to my line though. Had 3 of the big smallies caught before the wind came up, then had to move to calmer spot. Hour later, thought a northern bit me off. While retying a jig, noticed 40 feet of my line was crap. Could snap it by hand. I got down to good stuff, and caught 3 more of the big ones.

The crummy line bothered me. But then I think I figured it out. I was pulling my line all day through oak leaves. The leaves are everywhere. I’m thinking the acidic leaves actually ruined my monofilament line in a short time. I mean, I definitely pulled it around tons of leaves. Any one else ever have this happen?

Daze Off, There is a landing easy to get to in Sartell. It is north of the Paper Mill about 2 miles.

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Thanks Muleskinner - I am supposed to be up in Sartell on Thursday of next week for a meeting - just might pull the boat to the meeting and hit the river for a couple of hours afterwards although with the time change I'm not sure there will be enough light after 4:00 pm....

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