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NCOR Ice Fishing Day, Nov 19th

curt quesnell

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Geez it's only a week away from Saturday. The

NorthCountry Outdoors Radio Ice Fishing Day

at the Black Cat from 11am to 2:30pm (ish).

Jeremy Smith from Fishing the Wildside TV will be

speaking, along with Justin Kjos. We will show some

Videos, have some great chili for lunch.

There will be fun prizes too! Jeff Beckwith from

Scenic Tackle will be there to show his new Angel Eye

Jig (with some samples). We will have a video from

Todays Tackle (and some samples) AND we ought to

have a bunch of Big Dipper Ice Scoops. See the SnoBear

fully self contained snow vehicle and fish house

and an Arctic Cat display too. Alot of stuff to cram

into 3 hours but we will try.

Tickets are 6 bucks, lunch included and they are available

at TRF Radio, Hwy 32 north in Thief River. No tickets

will be for sale at the door, since there are only around

100 available. Call ahead to make sure there are some

left 681-4900 during business hours.

Should be fun and we might learn something.

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Yes!!!!!!with hunting and the crappy weather people just have been putting it off. The phone is ringing off the hook

with the same question "are there tickets left"?

I wont sell them at the door due to the fact that I dont

want to turn anyone away when we are full.

I work Saturday morning so if there are still some left

I can sell them at the station.

We have 2 tickets to the Brainerd Jaycee Extravaganza

to give away. Still working on a nice grand prize, but

we have lots of stuff to give away and lots of things

of interest including some cool fish houses to see.

Bring your Dad too

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Hats off to you Curt for setting up a very organized event. For those of you I talked with up there it was nice meeting some of you and seeing some familiar faces as well. For those of you who missed this event you really missed a great event. All the speakers did a super job of presentation and I think everyone learned a new trick or two. That is not even mentioning the prize give away or the lunch. Good job Curt!!!

Where can you buy that smart wool?

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Purdy's shoe store in TRF carries that stuff. Call and ask for Trevor and he'll hook you up.

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Thanks Jeff,

I was sure happy that you could be there. You saw the

reaction of the crowd to Angel Eyes didn't you.

Jeremy Smith from Fishing the Wildside TV did a great

job as usual. He fishes all over the country but his

home water is Leech Lake at Walker, Minn. That water

is very different from Lake of the Woods and the fish

are smarter at Leech Lake. So if we use what Jeremy

shares up on the big pond you will love the results.

Justin Kjos, Lake of the Woods Guide and Title sponsor

of NorthCountry Outdoors Radio, talked about using

portables and snowmobiles looking for BIG fish. It was

his first time using power point and you could tell he

was having fun.

They did such a good job that in a room with almost a

hundred people in it they talked for almost 2 hours and

never had to use the microphone! It was very quiet the

whole time.

17 kids came along and seemed to enjoy the day too.

I think we will have another one in late April or early

May. Stay tuned!

I am wearing Smart Wool socks again today and my feet

are thanking me.

Thanks to all of you out there who attended the Ice Day

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