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I was walking by ICEMAN today at work and whispered "Red Lake crappies". He just started shakin' and a shiverin' and I just kept on a walkin'. What a nasty thing to do. I know he's got the fever....bad. Like it or not, you may see him up there soon. I'll keep you posted. Kelly, I'll surely forwarn you so you can catch a couple first before he shuts the fishery down. Until then......


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Hello Codeman,
Thanks for the rod and reel!!! It worked great for the first crappie. The first one was a regular sized fish. (for Upper Red)The 2nd was a big old slab and the rod snapped when the fish was just under the ice. Instant WristSaver rod. smile.gif I still got the fish and I then looked all around for ICEMAN. I thought sure he was around someplace the way things were going.
I fixed the rod tho, I just duct taped one of my old jig sticks to it and it works fine. :-)
Wait until you see the pictures of the last 3 nights. You're gonna cry. We didn't keep many but got some great pictures of some big fish.

Waskish Minnow Station

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Hey Kelly I see you are learning fast that "if it's suppose to move and don't use wd40 and it moves and shouldn't duct tape it".
Keep your rod tip up.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I was walking on down to talk to Iceman today to give him the report from this past weekend. I should mention that about an hour before I left to go up to Red on Friday, I talked to Iceman and told him he's got an hour to decide if he wants to come with. I knew he lived an hour away and couldn't possibly pack his gear in time so it was a safe bet he wouldn't ride shotgun on this trip. When I left, he was still sobbing a little. Anyway, back to the original story. I was walking down to see him and approached him in a hallway. He cupped his hands over his ears and yelled "SHUT UP!!!I DON'T WANT TO HEAR HOW YOU DID." Then he proceded to rattle off a bunch of choice names, most I've never heard of before. Boy, does he have an imagination. I know he graduated high school so he must have taken anatomy. There's no way something that size can fit where he told me to stick it. Some people got no sense of humor.

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sounds like ice gave you a one time deal on the croppies with out the curse- sometimes luck runs in your favor-- and you are right ninetoes never sleeps

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