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Feb 7, 2004 ICE BUSTER DAZE

Sponsored by:::
Wiskers Guiding Service,
Northland Inn,
Drift Busters snowmobile club.

Where, Crookston MN. Red Lake River.
What, radar runs 9:00-12:00$5.00/3runs,
Ice fishing Derby, 12:00-3:00 $10.00
Free swimming for kids
Free snowmobile rides for kids.
@ northland Inn.
Awards banquet and Dance at the Northland Inn starting at 6:00.

Tickets are sold at 3 locations.
Advanced tire, 218-281-5595
Ceason Bait & Tackle 218-281-6665.
Northland Inn, 218-281-5210.

Many door prizes.

Fishing prizes are:

First fish caught-Trophy
smallest fish caught-Trophy
Largest fish-$250.00
Second largest fish-$125.00
Third largest fish-$100.

Derby is on the river below the dam on W. Robert street. Reg. starts at 11:00. Must have ticket stubs to enter.

Radar runs are on the River across from the fire hall on S. Main street. 660 foot run, trophy classes. Non Sanctioned. Just for fun.

Parking is in the Woods addition in Wildwood park.

We only have 150 tickets. Would be nice to see some FM'ers here. If you need tickets just call the Northland Inn @ 218-281-5210.

Wish us luck for the first ever winter events in Crookston....

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Wiskers Guiding Service
Red River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

[This message has been edited by Wiskers Guiding Service (edited 01-29-2004).]

[This message has been edited by Wiskers Guiding Service (edited 01-30-2004).]

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This sounds like a good deal, Wiskers. You might want to post this info in the D.L. forum and the main ice fishing forum as well. Get the word out. I'm not sure I'll have this weekend open or not, but if I do I'd like to come up and meet you and some of the rest of the crew. Is Ed coming up for it? I'll have to ask him about that next time I talk to him.
One question, how much is it to enter? Might want to post that so people know. Sounds like a really fun event- good work!
Scoot

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Whiskers,

Just wondering if you had any idea in the range of how many tickets have been sold. Sounds like coldest of the next couple days here. I will be bringing those women in bikini's like you told us to.


Chuckster

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We are having a meeting tonight and will get an idea how many are sold.. I know Advanced Tire has at least 40 left.

Woooooohoooooooo I will bring the dig cam with so we can saver the event for ever. .LOL LOL...

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Wiskers Guiding Service
Red River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

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Have fun Wiskers! I wish I could come, but my wife's got me signed up to play in a volleyball tourney for the weekend. It'll be fun, but not as much fun as fishin the Red Lake. Be sure and give us a report after the festivities are over.

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Scoot

So I got dat goin’ for me… which is nice.

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Well we still have many tickets left and we are letting people get two hole if they wish for fishing.. Its all a go for now..

Tickets can be purchased at the gate on Sat also.


fish fish fish..

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Wiskers Guiding Service
Red River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

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Well we had a pretty good turn out for our first every Ice Buster Daze.....

We sold 67 tickets, Caught 3 fish.. 2 walleyes and one Sauger.

47 entries for the Radar runs.

The dance went over very well.

We had enough prizes for every fisherperson to get a prize of some sort and even onlookers got prizes.

Over all we think it was a success and have more ideas for next year.

I even seen two FMers here. Thanks for your support fellas. That is what this is all about.

Bruce,"Today's Tackle", did a great job and helped out a lot. We are excited about starting for next year alerady. Hope more of you can make it up here.

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Wiskers Guiding Service
Red River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

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It was cold and fun. It was great to have pretty much everyone win something. Thanks to everyone who was involved in the event. Hopefully next year I can catch a fish.

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Maybe next year we will be a little more prepared and not do so much partying the night before huh timdogg. Hey, at least I won a free oil change. LOL

Chuckster

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Hey thanks fellas... Our goal was to make it as fun as it could be even if the fish were playing hard to get.

Three fish is not a whole lot but it was more fish than the Frosty Bobber this year.. At least that is a bonus. LOL...

Wroking on next year as of now..

Rusty

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Red River & Minnesota River,for Channel Cats, Flatheads & Walleyes
Crookston, MN
[email protected]

218-280-0442

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