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      Fishing Minnesota had added a new menu item (see above) called Fishing Report Clubs. It's a way to keep the really good fishing reports coming and being shared only with those who also provide detailed fishing reports. We will only approve new members who request to join if they have already posted a recent fishing report in the area forum, associated with the Fishing Report Club area  you want to join. We are going to limit the number of regular memberships, in the Fishing Report Clubs, to the top 20  members in each Club, to those with the best frequency and quality fishing reports provided in the club and less so in the regular fishing report forum open to all members. The higher quality fishing report reserved for the club of course. If  you want fishing reports  around your area, I would Join Now, some of the clubs are starting to fill fast. Use the Fishing Reports Club link in the Menu above (after you've posted a fishing report in the regular area forum) and request to Join.
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BigWadeS

Ice Fishing Rookie --- Needs Help

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BigWadeS

I have posted this in the ice fishing forum as well, but wanted to try here as well...so here it goes..

I am planning on attempting to start ice fishing this year as I can't wait until open water to fish again. I guess my biggest question is rod & lure help. I have received for presents a tip up and also what I believe to be a jigging rod. I am planning on trying metro lakes for any species. I guess any information you can give a "newbie" would be greatly appreciated. Also, as far as ice houses go, what is a general cost of a cheaper more inexpensive model?

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Wade

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Wade Joseph

Frabil makes some suitcase styles as well as some sled type flip overs that are reasonably priced. I have a Frabil Speed Shack and it fits 2 guys and was less than 200 bucks.

For a newbie I'd suggest targeting 'gills and crappies for starters.

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BigWadeS

are they the easiest targets through the ice? thanks for the info

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LABS4ME

Big Wade, I live in Cottage Grove also. I'd be happy to take you out and show you the ropes once we get some hard water. But beware! It's even more addicting than open water!

Call me on my cell once the season rolls around... 651.341.4581

Good Luck!

Ken

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Surface Tension

Labs thats a very nice offer and one that Wade should take you up on before spending money on gear.

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BigWadeS

Hey Labs, you have no idea how much I appreciate that. I will definitly take you up on that offer. I will be in trouble though, more addictive then open water, this could be the start to another great hobby.

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Tyler Holm

I think the Berkley Ice Lightning Rod makes a nice combo for around $20 (rod, reel, & line). They were a great starter rod for me and the price is reasonable. Sometimes you can even get them with a free tub of Power Bait wax worms.

As for lures, there's lots to choose from and if your not fimiliar with ice lures, the lure names will just throw you for a loop, so I'll spare you on that. Small to tiny lures would be my recommendation. 1/16 or smaller (sometimes much smaller). I prefer lures that glow. I also use a lot of lures that have a thin plastic tail.

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BigWadeS

okay, thanks for the information

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LABS4ME

Wade, I have lots of equipment for you to try out!!! just don't let my wife know about any of it! hehehe

We'll get you on some fish and teach you about some electronics, and augers and houses etc... We'll have a good time! Always willing to help someone else get into ice fishing!

Good Luck!

Ken

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fishing tech

Labs and Wade, I also live in the Grove and have equipment to go. I can't get out as often as I would like ( kids in Hockey) but would like to go and help out if I can. Labs4me is that on your plate. I have seen it around town and where I work. If that is you I will introduce myself next time I see it. Keith

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LABS4ME

Yep, that's me. Flag me down next time you see me. We'll have to get out and fish.

Good Luck!

Ken

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fishing tech

Sounds good I will keep an eye out for you.

Keith

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BigWadeS

That is another offer I can't refuse, I would definitly like to get out and learn and fish with you guys.

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