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Matt Johnson

Ultimate Panfish League 2013-2014!!!

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Matt Johnson


I'm proud to announce the 10th season of the Ultimate Panfish League (UPL)!!

I'm very excited to start another season and have fun with Hot Spot Outdoors again in sharing our league's stories and event recaps/photos right here in the forums!

Here is the 2013/2014 schedule...

December 29 - East Rush Lake (Chisago County)

January 12 - Big Marine Lake (Washington County)

February 16 - Lower Prior Lake (Scott County)

March 2 - Clearwater Lake (Wright County)

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 all of you here at HSO!!!

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Matt Johnson

I have one spot that opened up if anyone wants it... first come, first serve. Please send me an email...

mattjohnson at mattjohnsonoutdoors.com


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    • SkunkedAgain
      In my 15+ years of ownership, I have never seen boat traffic like we had in Black Bay over the week/weekend. During the week there were 5-10 boats and each day while this weekend there were 20-30 boats from morning-to-night hunting crappies. There was no hot spot, just boats everywhere.    When I finally went home last night after 1.5 weeks up, I noted that someone backed their trailer into the dock at The Landing. The rubber bumper was hanging off. It must have been a hoot to sit around watching all of the boats going in and out.
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    • Vlewis128
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