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Dan Thiem

Two important announcements!

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Dan Thiem

Two important announcments!

I am pleased to announce that there will be two area ice fishing gatherings this year.

The first one is the 3rd annual Backwater Brawl. The date is February 3rd 2007. This gathering takes place at Pontoon Slough on the dike road between Wabasha MN and Nelson WI.

The Backwater Brawl originated a few years back and has gotten considerably better each year. It’s a great way to meet the people that post on FM and you will get to see a lot of FM sponsors products in use.

One of the nice things about this location is we are all fishing pretty close to each other. Makes for good conversation and snacks. (Hint, hint MetroJoe.)

Here it what last years event looked like.

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The second event is the Zumbro Zinger. March 10th 2007. This will be the second year FM has gotten together on Lake Zumbro for a FM gathering. Last year we met up at Fisherman’s Inn and convoyed down the lake to another spot where some decent crappies and bluegills were caught. Lots of fun!

Here's a couple shots from last year!

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metrojoe

Looking forward to the Brawl. I've got the dates on my calender. I'll have to take the boys out tip up fishing a couple weeks before and see if we can't bring a few extra jars of pickled pike this year. wink.gif

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Dan Thiem

Quote:

a few extra jars of pickled fish this year


Yes! cool.gif

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Meaney

ick! haha, i dont know about that pickled fish crazy.gif

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Tyler Holm

In all honesty, I can hardly wait for these events. They are just a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the outdoors with others alike. Whether you’re new to the sport of ice fishing or “been around the block” these events are a must.

There’s loads of fishing knowledge and insight shared. You can see “hands on” some of the latest and greatest electronics in action. It’s likely you’ll be able to pickup some tips on how to modify an ice shack so it fits your needs. But atop all that, I think the best part of these events is getting the chance to meet (face to face) the other FMers that we chat with daily.

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smg04

im almost 100% 4sure that im going 2 be at both of these get2gethers, both are highlighted on the calender, ive been thinking about icefishing alot lately and its got me excited, i had a blast at both events last year. im also thinking about driving up to lake tetonka on jan,6th for the "otter run" get2gether that the guys from the south central group are having,is anybody else from the roch area thinking about going? maybe we could get a carpool or maybe a small caravan of people to head up that way and do some fishing with those guys? let me know what u all think

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smg04

less than 2 weeks for the brawl! who's all gonna be there?

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Tyler Holm

I'll be at the Brawl, sun up till sun down.

I can't wait

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Rugbyguy

I'm in and very excited to catch some big panfish!!

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HappyAngler

o.k. You definitely got my attention. What time does it start and end, how much does it cost, are there prizes, and what kinda fish are we fishin for?

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smg04

show up whenever u want,leave whenever u want, no contest or prizes or cost, just hangout have fun and catch some fish, just about any species of fish thats in the mississippi can also be found through out the backwaters, mostly panfish though

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Dan Thiem

Couldn't have said it any better myself. Thanks S.M.G! smile.gif

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smg04

hey no prob dan, i see your planning on bringing your grill again, do u know who's gonna bring what? i'll volenteer to pick up some hotdogs if nobody else is planning on bringing them already, or else i can grab some buns,or soda for everybody just let me know what we need, i'm guessing we had 25-30 people last year? too bad i missed that 2nd doe i took a shot at last fall or i'd bring steaks and chops smirk.gif

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Dan Thiem

You know what Shawn? I think everybody is gonna bring something so although I think it's a nobel idea, don't knock yourself out to bring too much OK? Last year there was plenty of chow to go around.

And ya, some venison chops would have been good too! wink.gif

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nytelyter

ill be there dan. but i am worried. i have not seen a response from the loveladies that were in attendence last year. what about it fishingchicks? ya gonna join us again this year. due to work constraints i do not think i will be at the zinger tho. ... paul

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IceJohn

Is there a place close by where I can get a day license nonres. and how much.Coming up from Iowa is this place hard to find?ICE JOHN

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Dan Thiem

If you come up 61 there is a bait shop at the east side of the intersection of Hwy. 42 and Hwy. 61 near Kellogg. Shorty's can fill your needs I would think. Otherwise there may be an E.L.S. somewhere else on your travel.

Not sure about a non-res day license price. Pontoon Slough is a very easy place to find. Cross the bridge in Wabasha toward Wisconsin, 2nd parking lot on the right.

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smg04

$9.50 for a 24 hour NR license, any walmart or gander mt. along your rout should also have them, but shorty can hook u up to if u come through kellogg, try using mapquest.com for directions, i've found this website to be worth its weight in gold when looking to get somewhere,bascicly once u get into wabasha cross the bridge to wis. and right after the bridge look to your right you will see all kinds of backwaters and there will be cars in the little parking lot right off the road, your looking for pontoon slough

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IceJohn

Thanks guys hope to see you there .ICE JOHN

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Dan Thiem

This Saturday has a forcast of some bitter cold. Feb 3 Partly Cloudy, 5°/-1°. That might be a little too cold for a good time. We have had to postpone it before so what do you guys think?

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Eric Wettschreck

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. I wasn't planning on coming to the backwater brawl but brrrrrrrrrrrr.

I'm thinkin I'll be at the Zumbro zinger. I don't know the area very well, how far it from Rochester????

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Tyler Holm

I’m all for chit chatting during these events and I agree the freezing weather is not very conducive for chatter; however, I vote to keep it the same weekend. My schedule is already booked for every other weekend this winter so I would not be able to make the rescheduled event.

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Dan Thiem

Boilerguy-

Lake Zumbro is only 10 minutes from Roch.

I guess the cold is more like a normal Minnesota winter. And, Tyler you are right. A lot of people may already have made plans to attend so keeping it the same date makes sense.

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nytelyter

sorry to say it but there is a chance i will not be attending this event, as i had planned to do. i will hate to miss it but, some things may keep me from it. i do still have the time off on the schedule and if things change i will see ya there. kinda have to take it a day at a time. ... paul

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IceJohn

I am still coming,but got another question.If I got a wis.nonres.could I bring my tent and not need a tent premit?ICE JOHN

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