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My family and i made our weekend run to
Fargo-Moorhead. Mom and KIDS TO shop and me
to go cat hunting! Friday morning was very good as my 13 yr old son came wiht for the morning. We boated 13 cats by around 5:00 pm. started at 10:30am. Kind of slow from 12:30-3:00 then got a little action again later. The biggest was a 31" cat which is still swimming in the red! We had a blast and caught our goldeyes too! Saturday morning the girls had the fever for cats not for the mall so from 7:00am to about 11:00 am we had a great time with 9 cats the biggest a nice 34" er. what a great fish,happened to be my daughters friends first cat. i helped her wrestle it out of a snagpile and then she reeled it in! what a great fish! still swimming but great pictures. sat afternoon was a little slow but i mamaged to get 8 cats. it seemed the whole half of a sucker-6 inches was the best, not cut chunks of goldeye. i found frogs at home but not in time for the trip. all in all a great time with plenty of action. i put in at mb johnson park every day. is the ramp at the dam by main ave a good one as well? i haven't used it. Snagpiles large and small were good, but spot hopping was the order of the weekend for me. i will be back in the next 2 weeks probably alone always room for another pole in the boat! thanks red river for another good time(also west acres mall)

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Sounds like you had a great weekend. Congrats.
Depending on the date, I would love to tag along. never been on the river in a boat.
I will be in Pennsylvania from August19 to the 30th..
My email is mutey78 at msn dot com,
we can talk more about it then. Let me know if your offer still stands.

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