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I'll be in Duluth Sun. evening and looking for a fishing partner Monday from 8-3 while my wife is in training at St. Mary's.

Are any of you available?

Thanks,

Brian

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I should be out fishing on Monday as well. Mary is off work on Monday, so is my daughter Stacey. I will also be making some plans with PiedmontAngler (Vic). So we should be able to take care of your fishing needs.

Do you have big plans for Sunday night or do you need to take me out to dinner!!

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Brain, bummer I can't get out till after 3 pm on Monday.

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Brian, I'm trying to line up a few others with multi-seat portables. I'm sure we'll have space for you. Will you need a lift to and from the lake?

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I have physical therapy until about 11:15 but can come join you guys after that. Ill call when done and find out where you guys are. I have a new rod Im dieing to try out on some gills and crappies.

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I won't have my portable with, but will have the transportation to get where I need to be.

Tom, dinner sounds like a plan. I'll give you a call before then and we can figure something out.

Brian

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Im sure Tom will have room for you but if not I will have room for you in the Thermal Otter Lodge. Only issue is I wont be there til about noon.

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Sorry, I just can't compete with the Thermal Otter Lodge, but I do have an extra seat and Reflectix. wink

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I'm hoping to go out monday too. I'll possibly be alone, but wouldn't mind having some good chatter. It'd be my first time out in the duluth area.

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northernfishin,

Please send me an e-mail when you have time. I'll then get you my cell number and we can try to work something out. Where are you located and where do you normally get out to fish? My e-mail is located below my signature. Talk to you later...

Brian, (bmc)

I'll wait for your call and we can make some plans for Sunday night.

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I'm hoping to go out monday too. I'll possibly be alone, but wouldn't mind having some good chatter. It'd be my first time out in the duluth area.

northernfishin,

Hey Ben I sent you en e-mail reply about fishing on Monday along with my cell number. If we don't run into you let us know if you made it out and how things went.

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Brian, I'm trying to line up a few others with multi-seat portables. I'm sure we'll have space for you. Will you need a lift to and from the lake?

Vic,

Give me a call on Sunday so I have an idea what plans you might have. Will you be able to get out fishing this evening or just Monday?

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Jim,Vic,Stacey,Brian and Steve,

Mary and I will see you guys on Fish lake. Location is still up in the air so give a call. Hope to be at HiBanks resort around 8:00am after a quick stop for bait.

Should be a fun day of fishing if the wiinds are not to bad.

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Thanks guys for all the help and fun today! After you all left and we headed towards that island we iced a monster crappie!

Hope to fish again with you all and if you ever have an open seat I'm more than happy to trade up to a shelter!

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You guys were dedicated standing out there on the ice yesterday, no doubt about that.

Nice meeting you guys, Jim and Vic.

Jim, thanks for the couple of hot spots on Deer! I'm looking forward to putting the info. to good use. Heck, might even try them out this winter yet!

Tom and Steve, always good to see you guys and get a chance to fish and [PoorWordUsage] with ya'!

Tom was there any bragging from Mary and Stacey who put the most keepers in the bucket? LOL

Always fun to fish a new lake!

Thanks again!

Brian

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Thanks guys for all the help and fun today! After you all left and we headed towards that island we iced a monster crappie!

Hope to fish again with you all and if you ever have an open seat I'm more than happy to trade up to a shelter!

Happy to hear that you guys had a little more action before your evening ended. It was good to meet the two of you and I look forward to getting out with you again. Feel free to send me an e-mail or a call on my cell if you have some time off during weekdays as I have weekdays off on a regular basis. I'll put your number in my phone book so I don't miss your call. Not to many days with an open seat in my house on the weekends now that my wife has been bit buy the fishing bug.

Give a call if you are looking to add anything to your fishing gear before you go out and by new. I may be able to find something free or a great deal as people are always looking to upgrade. Another good way to come across some good equipment is to make it to HSO's Annual Swap Meet held in April in Twig at the Grand Lake town hall.

Thanks again for joining us on the ice!!

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Hey Brian,

It's always good to be in your company. It may have been a new lake to you but it came up a little short when it comes to a "hot bite". I guess there is always next time.

The wife and I also enjoyed having dinner with the two of you the night before. I'll check my calendar and see if we can get up your way for another day of fishing or just a visit.

No bragging from Mary and Stacey about the days catch. The worst part was trying to get them to hang it up for the evening so we could get things packed up and head into the resort for some refreshment.

A big thank you to Jim Almquist for bringing out a spare Otter Cabin for the day so we could put it to use. Maybe I should say thanks to Lisa for having other plans so Jim could bring out the spare house!! smirk

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Sounds good! I'm free all day thursdays and I have one night class on tuesdays. So as long as i can keep up with the homework, i can keep up with the bite!

That's some good help with the equipment. I'm always looking for good deals and more productive tackle to add to my box.

Hope to fish again!

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A big thank you to Jim Almquist for bringing out a spare Otter Cabin for the day so we could put it to use. Maybe I should say thanks to Lisa for having other plans so Jim could bring out the spare house!!

Always happy to help out! smirkgrin See you this weekend maybe?!

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Here's BD hauling in the massive Timber Musky he caught on his tip-up. It was so big, he wasn't able to get it through the hole, so he released it for the next lucky angler to catch. wink

Great meeting you bmc and northernfishin. Also glad to hear you guys found fish after putting up with the cold. I'll keep my ears/eyes open for a ultra cheap portable that you can fit into your car. I usually fish solo, so I will about always have at least one open seat. Shoot me an email and I can check to see if you are free when I'm going out.

Always great to get out with you other FM'ers; Tom (& the girls), Jim, Steve.

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It was great to final put a name to a face Brian. We will have to get out on the soft water one of these days. Maybe the wife will have some training and we can get out on Superior for some Salmon or Trout.

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Jim,

Pleeeeaaaase keep me in mind for some open water fishing on the big lake.

The one time I had the chance it was a spring FM get togther and the wind/waves made it a no go. Although we did go to Two Harbors and trolled in the breakwall area. I even caught a coho that day. LOL

Thanks again for bringing the extra gear for me to use. I appreciate it!

Brian

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    • SkunkedAgain
      Luckily we don't have large open areas of ice that break away, such as on Red Lake.   Stay safe and warm.
    • JerkinLips
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    • Wanderer
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    • SkunkedAgain
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    • gimruis
      I'm planning to go later this week.  There's fresh snow coming tomorrow too.
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      I would highly recommend not doodling around out there at night time either.  When those cracks form, the piece breaks off from the main sheet or the land and you are then caught "adrift" with no way back.   The bite is not as good as it normally is from what I have read either.  We're so used to hearing that "its on fire" for the early ice bite but that doesn't appear to be the case.
    • leech~~
      Well, a new report for today talked about cracks opening up and ice piling up!  Better check the night before you head up.  😕
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