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How are the sumos biting? The countdown is a little more than 2 weeks before I head out to Drayton for some R&R and cattin'. Does anybody know where I can get my hands on some fresh shrimp? or fiskynut that secret cutbait you told me of last year? I will be coming from Duluth and will search in town here, but thought there may be a good spot to stop in Grand Forks or Drayton for bait.

How have the ramps been in the area? One more question I have is how to I get a hold of the campsite in town? I can't find the phone number I called last year to reserve a spot. Can anyone point me in the right direction?


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You can get uncooked green shrimp at Cash Wise in Fargo. They run about $8 per bag.

Since you in Duluth look for prons by the flat. They have better (Stronger) scent then shrimp and work great on the Red. Smaller bait prons should run about $25-30 a flat +/-.

Once you hit Drayton though try to stomp up a bunch of frogs, you won't regret it.

Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson

Backwater Guiding "ED on the RED"

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Hey Butch,
Getting a bit antsy huh? Drayton COC # is 701-567-2531, they should be able to get you the city campground info you need. Ramp in town upstream of the dam has been redone and is nice. Ramp at the dam is the same as last year, steep but do-able. I was downtream approx 8 miles of the dam last nite for a few hours and we pounded fish of all sizes, they were going crazy for fresh cutbaits and frogs. Also caught a few big ones on large live Redtail Chubs. Cutbaits were getting the most action though. I can't help you in finding shrimp or prawns as I don't ever use them for bait. They're too expensive and way good for human consumption so I stick to free or cheap bait for my Catfishing! I have found that other fish I mentioned last year at that big grocery store across {south} from Columbia mall, west of Walmart. They had them there frozen whole in the round. I think it's a super 1? Not everytime I go in there do they have them though. You could also try the big Super Target grocery section, it's right there in that same area. Your best bet may be to go up to one of the grocery stores or seafood mongers near you and have them order you some, should be able to have it before you leave no problem. Don't forget the baitnet for catching those frogs. Goldeyes and Suckers are easy to catch near the dam, make great cutbait and the price is right!

Talk at ya later....fiskyknut

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Thanks for the info. I may go up to CUB foods and put a special order of seafood in. Fiskynut thanks for the phone number. Let me know your status for that weekend. You still have my email address?


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Not sure if I still have it or not. Mine is fiskyknut at yahoo. What dates are you gonna be around these parts? I'm not doing much this summer, still trapping leeches and minnows now and then, here and there. Leeches are getting tougher to break even on, but the Redtails are still making me some coinage. Uncle traded his Baha cruiser for a 34 foot Proline and he leaves that in TX year around, so I ai'nt doing any LOTW charters this year. Just fun fishing this time of year. Have some weekend Red river trips scheduled for mid August thru September timeframe though. Who knows I may be around Drayton when your up? Tis the time of the season for me to make it out that way a bit more often. I may even wander out there again tonite, friend of mine gets off at 3pm and said he wanted to go fish somewheres.


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