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Looking for a good bait store in the NW metro that sells leeches by the pound and might have crawlers in large quantities.

Let me know if you have any suggestions. Any help would be appreciated.

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Vados Bait in Spring Lake Park is by far the best and worth the trip...but there's Shuman's Outdoor Sports in downtown Monticello that sells both...there are others too. There's one on Hwy 55 past Buffalo and Maple Lake at a gas station (I forget the name... someone help me out?)...

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Are you talking about Little Jim's in Annandale? Bait is pretty good there. However, I'm not sure it qualifies as "west metro" being 60 miles west of the cities.

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H&H Sports in Maple Lake is what you are talking about. They have everything that you will need. I bought leeches there a couple days ago. Biggest ones I have seen so far this summer.

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Duckbill, that's the one! H & H Sports...

It was on the "tip of my tongue" (I swear!), right next to the canker sore!

...and then there's always the Conoco Gas Station for bait, fuel and snacks (at Hwys 25 & 55 in Buffalo)

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H&H does have good leeches and crawlers, they aren't bashfull about charging for them though (maybe I'm cheap but $2.75/dozen for crawlers and $3.75/dozen for Jumbos just seems steep to me). Looks like I'll need to start picking my own crawlers again!

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H&H is a little higher priced then some places but I would spend the extra $.75 to know that I have good bait along with me in the boat. Not many places this year have jumbo leeches at all. You get what you pay for at H&H. I know that Joe's over in Howard Lake has good bait too but he won't put jumbo on the carton because he can't get his hands on true jumbos so he just has large this year so far. Have to respect the honesty in his case. Maybe he will get some soon but as of last week he just had large.

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Personally I have given up on Jumbo Leeches and just use the large or medium leeches. Seems like my hook sets have increased using smaller leeches, the jumbos take up too much of the hook for me.

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