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Bemidji report from Curly, Moe and Larry


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This is a report from 4 guys that do not know what they are doing. We arrived on Sat June 7th. For us, fishing was bad. We stopped at Blue Water and they gave us advise that we did not follow. All the guys that were on the lake for the tournament seemed to be doing ok. We caught a few small Walleye and a couple of perch. 3 days into the trip and I still haven't caught a fish. We decided to try trolling for northern. Now you have to picture 4 guys trolling in a 17 foot boat. My son in law says he has a fish. He has a pole he bought at K Mart with 6 pound line. After cranking the reel about 200 times, I decided that he had the lake bottom and his line was not coming in. I hold the line and start to pull it in while he is cranking. The wind pushes the boat in another direction and the son in law moves to the other side of the boat. Now his line is all tangled on the tip of his pole. No problem. I pulled the line and now he has about 6 foot of slack in the line. I get the line straight and he started to crank the reel again. He is cranking and someone on the boat says he has a fish. I grab the net and some time later I see a fish . A very big fish. I tell one of the other guys that I do not want to net it. I told them, we need a bigger net. The fish goes under the boat at this time. The K Mart pole is now 180 degrees bent. Yes I know what 180 degrees is. All of a sudden the line is slack again. Seems like a good time to adjust the drag. The son in law starts to crank again. Guess what. The fish is still on. We net the fish and get it into the boat. It is a 43 inch Muskie. We took some pictures and back in it went. Not sure we handled it the proper way, but it swam away like if nothing happened. The next day I caught a 34 inch Muskie. At the end of the trip, I caught 1 perch and one muskie. We caught a total of about 20 fish. All tossed back. It looks like each fish cost me about $175 and it was worth it. We had a lot of fun and will be back in August. I hope that the local people in Bemidji appreciate what you have. We drive 650 miles to share your lake and state camp ground.

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Thanks for your report, sounds comical but fun!

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Your welcome. It was a fun trip. It is a good thing that we were not on the Deadliest Catch. If we were, we would be 200 miles north of Dutch Harbor on the bottom of the Bearing Sea. ( You have to of seen the series on the Discovery channel to understand that one.) For whatever it is worth, the new fish house at the State Park looks very nice. To bad we didn't get to use it. Next time we will listen to what the guys at Blue Water say and ask better questions. Not asking the right questions was just one of our many mistakes. Once again, I hope that the locals appreciate what you have in your area.

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that IS funny...LOL! Glad you had a good time here, and yes most of us do realize what a great lake and area we have. I live just up the road from the park you mentioned and this area is awesome. Congrats on the nice muskie and wish you good luck on your return trip. Hope fuel goes down a little by then... smirk

Buck

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You know for $320 you can hire a guide for a full day. Go out with two in the morning and switch out the other two at lunch. This way everybody gets to fish with the guide and you learn information on whats going on and can use that info for the rest of the time you're here.

Sounds like you had some fun anyway.

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Looking back at the trip, you might be right about hiring a guide. Every August our entire family heads for the State Park. Sometimes as many as 20 or more of us happily camp and fish. Everyone from grand mothers to grand kids catch all the fish we want. About 5 years ago, four of us made a trip in June and we were very satisfied with the fish we caught. I am almost embarrassed to say but, other than the two June trips, we only fish once a year. Off of the subject a bit, the Corner Bar has the best burger and the Keg and Cork has a very good corn beef sandwich. Sorry to see that Masons went belly up.

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Good story man, Isn't it amazing what those Kmart rods will hold up to.

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Thanks for the chuckle- ya never know what's going to happen. It's all about having fun!!!

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