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Eddy's fishing launch


Will

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A buddy is in the process of setting up a fishing launch for 20 guys. One of our pals is getting hitched so he thought this would be a good bachelor party.

I mentioned the bad press that I've read on this forum, but he says it's the most economical way to go.

My question is this, has anyone experienced them recently or does everyone steer clear?

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I have said it before and I will say it again. If Eddy’s was my only choice I would fish a different lake. Take everyone’s advice, stay away from Eddy’s.

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With any business deal, calling and negotiating a rate is always an option. I know many resorts would be willing to work with you on price.

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i used to fish eddyd several years ago before the indian buyout.. havent been and wont go since

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Thanks everyone for you're feedback. I guess I already knew what most would say. Our input had no bearing on his decision, he booked it. I've never payed to fish before, so this should be interesting. I'm just gonna treat it like the bachelor party that it is. I hate to give my money to those who don't share my same views on Mille lacs (fish management), but in this situation I don't have much choice.

Will

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Stop stressing and enjoy the trip. For those of you that hate giving them money, the biggest hurt would to stay out of the casinos.

Eddys is close to the flats, so that's a positive thing. You might do pretty good. Have fun and congrats to your buddy.

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I think that the problem is that the Mille lacs Band of ojibwie own Eddys now.

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We had a bachelor party there not to long ago. Quite honestly it wasn't bad. Captain was pretty cool and the place was rather pleasant.

I thought for sure our rowdy group was going to get tossed out of there. But they were quite entertained to say the least.

BTW if anyone is wondering why there pizza oven smokes, its because a drunk buddy couldn't get the pizza out so he thought it would be a good idead to flip it over to get it off the rack. Problem was he forgot to open it. I don't know the details of what others are talking about, nor do I probably want to, but like I said our stay for the bachelor party was fun.

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I have fished through eddys a couple different times and actually last year I had my bacholer party up at eddys as well! Although it was a good time they really didnt budge on price which i assumed they would do considering i filled half of there boat! They also stuck an older couple and there son and daughter in-law on our boat. Which wasnt a big deal since they didnt really mind! They were actually pretty cool about it! Our guide was a complete tool and didnt really move us much! We caught 3 fish and one was 25 inches. He could have definatly tried a little harder to get us on fish. (We did the evening run) In the three times i have fished with eddys we have had one good guide and I want to say his name was John. Older guy has some grey hair. Other then that I would have to say I will never go back to them.

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