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Matt Johnson

Ultimate Panfish League 2012-2013!!!

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Matt Johnson

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I'm proud to announce the 9th season of the Ultimate Panfish League (UPL) presented by Matt Johnson Outdoors, Hot Spot Outdoors and Thorne Brothers!!

I'm very excited to start another season and work with Hot Spot Outdoors for promotions and solid info! The crowd here certainly enjoys the sport of ice fishing and hopefully we can carry over that excitement by sharing our league's stories and event recaps/photos.

That being said, we currently have a couple spots that opened up to anyone interested. It's first come, first serve. Please visit the www.ultimatepanfishleague.com website for more info about the league and for contact info. Otherwise I can answer any questions right here.

Looking forward to another great year and very excited to share it with HSO!!!

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Cyberfish

Highly recommended if you like panfishing, ice fishing, competition, or just getting together with other anglers.

Also if you want to see your fishing skill level increase big time, this will do it! I have been in the UPL since it first started and it really helped me to become very deadly, and Have seen it do the same for many of the participants. i now look forward to winter as my favorite time to chase panfish because of the UPL!

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Finlander

1+, you'll learn more about ice fishing and "how to", fishing these tournaments in one season then you would just plain fishing!

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birz

No better way of increasing your panfishing knowledge than participating in the league.

Can't wait for the upcoming season; let the prefishing begin.

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JuanArellano

This will be another great season....

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Jim Panfish Uran

Do we need to start up an "upnorth branch" smile

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Austin_Schorn

Maybe you can complete an event from start to finish this year Juano!! Lol

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silverbulletguy

Looks like fun. Any spots still open? If so I will have to find a partner. Any rules on alternate's filling in if someone isn't able to make it for a particular outing?

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Matt Johnson

There is actually a spot left if you want it... and yes, you can have different a substitute if your partner misses an event. However, the team captain has to be present for your event points to count...

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JuanArellano

just maybe.... Austin...

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Chad Peterson

Do we need to start up an "upnorth branch" smile

That would be something to really think about. Ultimate North Panfish League??? We should get it started Jim.

Sniffer

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Jim Panfish Uran

Let's get 'er done! Plan a few events. I have some lakes in mind that would be perfect!

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Matt Johnson

Let me know if you guys want to get something started...

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Jim Panfish Uran

Matt, we want to get something started. I think we could go from Chads area, up to mine and even farther north! I see this as being a great opportunity to get together with fellow panfish anglers and see what the great white north has to offer!

You guys know my email address, and if you don't, it's in my signature.

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Chad Peterson

I would like get it started and also see what feedback we get from other anglers. This would be great to see this up in our neck of the woods.

Sniffer

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silverbulletguy

I'd be up for one in the St Cloud area. Lots of greats lakes within 30 minutes of here.

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IceHawk

Count me in!

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Jim Panfish Uran

anyone further north? Where the fishing is REALLY good smile

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Jim Panfish Uran

Matt, get ahold of me when you can, I believe you have my cell number, if not Rick has it. Thanks!

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Jim Panfish Uran

Well it's coming along guys and gals, the schedule should be up on the UPL's site soon! I hope to see a lot of participation in this, it would be great to meet some more panfish anglers smilesmile

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Lawrence Luoma

Jim, keep us informed. Maybe if needed to fill spots and open on our schedule some of us original UPL'ers could make a remote stop.

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Chad Peterson

It is coming along nice Jim, and your doing a great job. I have started to inform the anglers in my area.

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silverbulletguy

Waiting ....

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Jim Panfish Uran

Have patience!! I'm not forgetting about this, I am in the midst of working with the DNR to make sure we have the appropriate permits if needed, I hope to hear back from them tomorrow! The schedule is set, just waiting on the permits to make it official

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IceHawk

sounds great keep us posted!

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Chad Peterson

Jim, Tony, and I have the dates for 6 lakes in the Alexandria,Fergus Falls and DL area. We will be posting them soon. This is going to be fun for the anglers in our area's.

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