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SMELTING RUN

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CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME A HEADS UP WHEN THE SMELT RUN BEGINS, I KNOW IT'S ABOUT 4 WEEKS EARLY FOR TO BE TALKING ABOUT IT, BUT I DON'T WANT TO BE A WEEK LATE LIKE LAST YEAR. mad.gif THANKS FOR THE HELP tongue.gif

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Just watch this forum and you'll be fine. Shouldn't miss it if you keep a good eye on what everyone else is doing. Usually pretty good run around the 20th give or take a few days. Plenty of time still to check for holes in the net.

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Lets hope that the ice decides to leave the shoreline on park point. It's starting to look a lot like it did two years ago.

We'll keep you posted!!!!

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What kind of gear does a person need for the smelt run?

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Gear: Waders, neoprene gloves, buckets, flashlight/headlamp and a seine if you have one. If not theres usually someone to pair up with.

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Waders, neoprene, 5 gallon bucket and a dip net......don't forget something to drink to keep you warm grin.gif

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A good lantern is a nice thing to have as well as a cooler or folding chair to sit on so you can watch BD110 pull his 15th pull in a row without anything. grin.gif

Dress warm and in layers. Cotton is no good as you will get warm when pulling and cool off when watching.

Remember no fires or alcohol on park point. Most locals on the lake side of PP dont like smelters already and love to call the police at any wrapper or bottle dropped so lets not give them anything to cry about.

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dont need anything but a few blocks of C4.

that aside, a dip net for rivers, a siene for the open lake. bring a lantern, waders, head lamp, bucket, and have a good time.

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I'm getting excited for the smelt run in a couple weaks. Started looking for my stuff last night and it needs a little work. Look forward to seeing some of you on the beaches.

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We use wet suits, and seines.

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What size Seine Nets do you guys use?

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Woodie, Do not worry I have one that you can use or we can pull together smirk.gif.

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I'm interested in learning. I see that some nets are 1/4 and some are 1/8th...i would assume 1/8th so the critters don't slip through, but....would imagine the drag on those things get pretty tough when filled with smelt...especially with only eigth in holes....

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i wonder if we have issues of smelt running under the ice on park point like they did over in chequamigan bay last year. crazy.gif

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Last year the smelt didnt start the run till around april 20th ,,,,at park point any way

Im planning to put a sock on my sein this year ,,whats left of last years smelt will befome fertilizer for my gardens

Randoid

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does anyone now were and how much the seines with the sock are was thinking of getting one this year tired of bottom of net rolling under and smelt leaving the net was also thinking of putting a rope in the middle at the bottom having someone pull on that till reach shore i would think thatll stopo the bottom from rolling any ideas

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Christiansen Nets is the only way to go. Sock "condom" or not. I would recomend the sock though. I think I paid about $140 for mine about 3 or 4 years ago. You have to get poles and I recomend PVC with caps on bottom and top but drill some holes in the bottom. Some guys put 1 pvc inside another pvc and others put a wood dowling in the pvc. Also a lot of 2by4s and splinters.

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northlander where might a guy pick up one of the christiansen nets.

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Google christiansen nets wink.gif

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Interesting you mentioned the smelt running under the ice bit... As I was thinking this as well.. But, just yesterday, I was just to a local and non-local commercial guy about this very thing.... Both stated, they are seeing these smelt spawning in deeper water then what we normally have seen. The non-local is seeing this on the Michigan side of Superior... So, some still come to the shore, but most (now from what they told me from what they seen in their nets) are spawning in 20 to 30FOW after ice out by what they are seeing in their nets.

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Im looking for a guy to take me smelting for the first time. I know some of the basics, but need some help getting started. I dont own a siene.I got good waders, and will pull more than my share of the work. Im 19 and a freshman at UMD.

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Chadwick just keep your eyes here and when you see we have started to hit it come on down and join in on the fun. Another guy pulling the seign always helps.

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Chadwick just keep your eyes here and when you see we have started to hit it come on down and join in on the fun. Another guy pulling the seign always helps.


It's been years since I went smelting. What happened to dipnets??

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Dipnets are for the rivers. Most of the seining is off the Point. Rivers have been hit & miss in years past but it last year was OK. Are the smelt on the rise, we'll see.

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chadwick,

There are many of us that will be down on the shore when, if not before the smelt start to run. It will be no trouble at all to get you out for as many pulls as you wish to take.

The more people Northlander can line up to make the pulls for him the better. That way he can just stand on shore and let you know if your doing it correctly. grin.gifgrin.gif

Steve,

That should make us even. Unless you would like to keep it going.

All kidding aside I hope we are able to pull of good season this year. The only plus side to a poor run is you will not have to clean as many smelt.

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