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Hit the St. Peter stretch last night with PapaGrump for the cat meet. Nice to see the FM'ers there (Dennis, Hanson, Rushing, PapaGrump, myself and I think Dark30 made a late appearance).

We headed out around 7 and hit some snags for channels till dark. We set up on the topside of a hole with some current. Didn't take long and PapaGrump caught the first Sumo, a while later I caught the second. In between we had no less than 6 nice runs, but couldn't hook up well (one PapaGrump had was bigger than the fish he boated earlier). In fact we pretty much ran out of bait.

Papa's fish was 33lb and mine was 34.

You'd almost think I was with a guide wink.gifwink.gifwink.gif

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Darn guys. Nice Job!!

We ended up with 2 in the boat. Both in the very low teens. And I believe we each missed a run. I was winding up to take a swing at mine when Rushing says, "Thats the circle hook rod." Doh!!! Missed 'em.

That stretch of river is very interesting with a lot of structure. I think the difficult thing was figuring out which pieces of structure to fish.

That one photo of you dtro with the fog is pretty sweet! Looks like Papa Grump got some fish slime on his sweatshirt too. Nice!! smirk.gif

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Very nice guys!

Kinda makes me think theres a guide running that boat! wink.gif

However on the slow side for us we boated the two smaller fish.

I had 4 nice runs and wiffed on 3 of them. Hmmm, 25% hook up ratio??? OUCH!

Thanks rushing.

It was good to fish with you again and thanks for sharing your stretch of river with us. It was a good time.

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fog? what fog? The only thing I saw was smoke from the sizzlin monkey grin.gif

oh yeah, maybe it was fog smirk.gif

I was told by an experienced riverrat that eagles mean good luck....well, as we anchored an eagle soared above us laugh.gif

Not only that, but the northern lights made an appearance.

You guys must have been a little chilly around 4 this morning.

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Nice fish! Only if we coulda hooked up with at least half the runs we got we coulda had some numbers. Oh well still had lots of fun out there with Hanson and Dennis. Hope you guys can make it down this way again next year! Maybe we'll be able to hook up with Papa Grump's "Not a Guide Shuttle Service" and get into some fish! grin.gif

Well I am off to do some more fishin tonight. smile.gif

tight lines guys!

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Nice fish guys... Gee... I gotta book a trip at "Grumpy's Gide Service" sometime.... I was out sat. night around shakopee and we got a nice channel and lost five nice flathead runs.... I talked to another guy at the landing when we got off at 1:00 and they lost four runs.... darn fish!

Hey what's the rates @ Grumpy's anyway??? Oh... and how's that motto go..... If you don't like the service get out of the boat?? or something like that...... lol

Again, nice fish! I love the outine of the fish slime on papa's shirt... you can even see the fins, lol

MNRiverRat

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Nice dandies guys!

How deep? Just wondering, haven't been out in a while and have had kind of a hard time with the bigger ones when I have been out.

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Grump's Guide/Shuttle Service?! smile.giflaugh.gifgrin.gif Going rate is a little bump of this and a little bump of that and your good to go. Don't like the ride,exit is at the back grin.gif

Anyway we were fishing in really fast water on the top side of a 15' hole, concentrating on the current break where it fell into the hole. The boat was anchored in 2 feet of water at best. Lots of wood around the bend so we were getting the kitties as they were coming out to feed.Alot of shiners above us and as we shined the spotlight up stream, you could see the gar and possibly the Walleyes chasing them It was at my favorite shore spot in the area that has produced in the past when the water gets low.

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The "hole" we fished wasn't your classic "big/deep hole". Matter of fact it was wasn't all that deep. Around 15ft. The current seemed to really have an effect. The runs and fish we boated came from the same SMALL location. It seemed to be a big difference where the bait was settling.

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That's funny, we must have been typing at the same time Papagrump. grin.gif Pretty much said the same thing.

Anyways I was just noticing all the avatars.

One of these things is not like the other tongue.gif

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much better, that other rough fish is a snack for the real fish of the river grin.gif

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I think Willy & RiverRat need to get in on this Avatar thing. grin.gif

Its looking pretty sweet right now.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty...

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Ok, now theres some wet dreams! Look at all those Minnesota Mudeyes! Hopefully I can get into another biggun this year yet. grin.gif

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Hey Dennis, you still up to a fishing night coming up here on a Sunday or Monday? Let me know what works best for you.

Then maybe I can get in on this "kitty avatar fest" grin.gif

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nice fish guys. we fished a sandbar a couple corners down from NSP and didn't end up catching anything that night. i had one run with a little one that i couldn't set the hook on. otherwise the clickers were quiet. confused.gif

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speaking of avatars:

had to try something a little different (ok, so I'm a geek)

<-------- grin.gif

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Yes, I agree....when is the tricky part though. I'll be up on the Otter Tail River this weekend but I could sneak down that way for a quick one next week maybe...Theres a nice looking area that I have not fished for flats yet and its calling me!

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I have to work this weekend myself but I am free next weekend if ya wanna get out.

I was out last night at a new spot for me very very fishy looking area. A deep water eddy 12-14ft that jumped into a big nice 2-4ft shelf bait fish and surface acivity everywhere and not one single run. I tried attacking it from all angles and even drift a bully under a lighted bobber for about an hour.confused.gif

I was by myself and I though I heard someone on the bank above me so I turned around and shined my light and didnt see anyone till I looked down at my feet and there was a skunk! crazy.gif Not only that I saw two of the most giagantic spiders I have ever seen in MN they were big...I mean they had some weight on them. I should know there was one crawling on my leg. Looked like a smaller tarantula!

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