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Reels have been re-spooled. Tackle bag is as organized as it will be for the next 7 months. Batteries have been charged. 11 pounds of leeches have been ordered. Jigs have been sharpened. Net has been checked for defects. I have a couple of nickle and dime items to pick up yet and a fit out run with the boat this weekend, then the agonizing wait begins. Maybe I'll go sharpen the jigs again. crazy

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For me the month prior to opener goes way too fast as that is the time I use for catching up on all of my projects.

I am almost ready, I'll be putting the bigger fishing boat in the lake this weekend.

Reels spooled, tackle box inventoried and restocked, everything else is ready except need to run down to MG to buy a chip for my new gps.

Steve

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just finished my boat project last night. its a project i have been working on for weeks, and i ended up finishing a week and a half early early/before opener... rods re spooled, tackle inventoried and organized, everything else in my boat is brand new and cant wait for the virgin voyage... looks like im gonna have to go to fish lake next week and do some crappie hunting to satisfy the itch for the time before

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I'm the first to admit I'm behing readying my tackle and rods. Maybe I'll get some of the stuff done this weekend so I won't have to burn a vacation day to get ready! However I have checked out the boat already and know it still floats. But one way or another, I'll be out on opening.

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Take a nap and it will pass. Trouble is then the weekend would go to fast.. Its worth the wait.

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I hear ya all, this year I am ahead of the game also, just need to go thru the tackle box. As Petty sings the waiting is the hardest part

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I'm with you guys, can't wait to get out there. I just bought my first boat this year and I can't wait to hit it. I might not make it for opener if I don't get my outboard running right though. I went out three times one week to get used to the boat and had no issues at all. Now, the week of opener, my motor craps out on me. I checked everything I know how to with no luck in finding the problem. Plugs are good, Used carb cleaner, spark is there but it just seems to be running on one cylinder or something. This is killing me, anyone have any advice.

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Ten hrs of driving, that starts tomorrow,heading for the gunflint trail,fish for crappie on fri. Sat is when it all starts. Good luck to all. Dont have to be home until 6/1. Life is good but its heck gettin older.

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Sherpa,

You may need a new hose from your tank to the motor. My 50hp Merc was bogging out at half throttle and I couldn't get anything out of it. I went through the same process you did. The hose was the last thing I went through and changed. Afterwards the problem went away. I still am not sure what was wrong with the hose. It didn't leak gas or anything... Good Luck.

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Good luck Ken. Let me know how you do. I understand that the ice is out on Gunflint and Sag. Some of the smaller lakes might be an issue for a few more days.

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Ken call before you come through Superior. I have today through Sunday off. Good luck up there man.

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Got it fixed, see you on the river fellas. I had to take apart the carbs but it's done and I will be fishing Saturday. I bought a Wisconsin license and went to Amnicon today. [PoorWordUsage] it feels good to be fishing.

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Gotta love that ethanol in the gas. If your gas is going to be sitting in the tank for a while I would make sure you use non-ethonal gas (non-oxygenated). I've read the blended fuel has a shelf live of 3 months. The newest hoses are suppose to be ethonal safe, time will tell, but I changed a couple of mine. I've also found cleaning carb jets a real problem these last couple of years, leading me to just replace them. Anyway, glad you got your engines going.

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Only 4.5 hours to go. I have the boat loaded for bear and Im ready to ROCK! Those walleyes dont stand a chance.

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    • Hookmaster
      Kudos for doing this. I'm sure a lot of fishermen would not have.
    • MikeG3Boat
      I know it has been raining all week but anyone have any walleye reports?  Heading up for the holiday weekend and want to do some fishing.
    • MikeG3Boat
      Partyonpine, Would you be willing to share in what areas you were getting some nice Bluegills?  I am on the east end on big bay and would like to find some good panfish.
    • partyonpine
      Opener and the week after were good.  Not the numbers we normally get but better quality in the East End.  Not surprised on the weights for the Auto City a.  Usually for us we only catch a few slot fish but we averaged 3 a day for 10 days.  2 overs, biggest 27 inches.     Our best luck was 12-16 feet for quality.  When we went deeper we caught more but smaller.  Bass were really starting to heat up.  For me little earlier than normal.  Found some nice Bluegills the day we went after some panfish.  Dock fishing was as many as we wanted per usual.
    • Shulsebus
      We will be up on June 8th for the week. It will be our 13th year in a row staying on the lake.  I hope the walleye are hitting the bobbers by the time that we get there. 
    • SkunkedAgain
      Those are some fine specimens. Great job
    • gimruis
      I'm quite shocked to hear that a walleye tournament is still doing a live weigh in.  Virtually every event these days around here is doing a catch, photo, and release format.   Regardless, nice work.  Congrats.
    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   A great week of fishing with walleyes and saugers caught in good numbers.   The go-to presentation, again, was a jig and frozen emerald shiner.  Emerald shiners are a staple in LOW and walleyes love them.  Other minnows worked also, but emerald shiners are a favorite of anglers for good reason.   The Lighthouse Gap area, Morris Point Gap and just in front of Pine Island held nice fish in 17 - 21' of water.  Various schools of walleyes and saugers across the south shore.     A quarter ounce jig in gold, glow white, pink, orange, chartreuse, or a combo of these colors tipped with a minnow worked well again.   Some big pike and jumbo perch being caught by walleye anglers. On the Rainy River...  Some nice walleyes were caught on the river this weekend, although most anglers normally head to the lake.  12 - 15' of water is holding some nice fish.   Sturgeon fishing on the Rainy River is closed until the keep season starts up again July 1st. Up at the NW Angle...  Some nice walleyes being caught along with a mixed bag.  12 - 25 feet of water.  Points, neck down areas and bays with warming water were holding good fish this week.    The go-to presentation was a jig and minnow as on the south shore.  A mixed bag as is common around the Angle.  
    • leech~~
      Nice work!   Here's two words you hardly ever hear anyone say anymore.  "grateful and humbled"   
    • Brianf.
      RLG, thanks for the shout-out!     Jeff and I are still trying to wrap our heads around what happened this past weekend.  We are humbled and full of gratitude  for having won 'The Classic' for a second time.     We practiced through all the rain on Thurs and the wind on Friday and found six different spots holding big fish.  Fishing was good on both days with several 'overs' in our catch...but would it hold up for another day?   We didn't know.     On tourney day, we made a long run to our first spot where I lucked out on a 26.5"er on my second cast.  Jeff followed up with a thick 27" er a few minutes later, which turned out to be the big fish for the event at 7.26lbs.  We finished out our limit and weighed-in at 10:30 am for the welfare of the fish in our livewell.    There were some big weights in this event which would have won in most other years, but - for whatever reason - this was our day.  Everything just went our way.  Again, we are just super grateful and humbled by this success.  We also want to congratulate all the other anglers who did well and give a big 'thank you' to the tournament organizers who put on such a great event!  
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