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Harvest guidelines, what do you like to take home?

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Just curious how everyone approaches preserving this great resource here in MN. What do people hang onto for the dinner table? I was also wondering about what a taxidermist needs to make a replica for that big one ( Ok, I'm getting ahead of myself grin.gif), because I definitely want to let those big boys go. Do they need a girth measurement?

This is my first opener here in MN and I am psyched! I will also be trying the SAnd area to the north in the am.

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Usually if there are two or three of us fishing, we take enough for a meal or a little more. Nothing wrong with taking a limit of 4 home. It get's pretty expensive for a trip up there. I don't think you would get too many complaints on keeping slot sized fish for the table.

As far as graphites goes, Matt, up at Artistic Anglers is the best grin.gif He has done a 21 1/2 Smallie, 16" Crappie, and a 46" Salmon from lake Michigan for me. You wouldn't be disappointed!!!!! All he needs are a couple of photos, and the measurement in length. Girth is not necessary He and his staff have painted over 30,000 fishcool.gif He will "nail down" the paint job for sure. grin.gif

As far as the Sand goes, long snells 7-9 ft.Red hook and a single bead either red or glow.

Good luck, and Post your results next week.

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I like to eat 14"to 15" and never over 19" . I just don't like those big thick chunks and its good to release those big fish.

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Thanks for tips! Couple hours till I leave and I am really pumped!!

Good luck and I look forward to seeing some pics next week!

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