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For those who have not read the Mississippi River 4-11 forum regarding the Brawl, it is a go yet. Dan and I fished there yesterday and found decent ice just about everywhere. The fish were cooperating too.

Travel directions are stickied in the other froun too, so no one should get lost.

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I'm needing to make a stop after work this week at Gone Fishing to pick up some supplies. What are a few things you season pros would recommend as far as the basics go that I should pick up? Types of jigs? spoons? Colors? Other things? Thanks.

Andy

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I will be attending - driving from Rochester. I can take one or 2 more that need a ride, as long as you don't have a shack. Sounds like it will be fun!

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Andy, a pole rigged with a spring bobber will work. As for bait.... I'd say a Marmooska tipped with a waxie or two.

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Andy....Jim has a small glow jig in the shop....only a couple left this morning.....orange/glow. He'll know whickh ones if you ask him. Pete knows too. If they have that color, get all of them. Really. .99/per

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What size should I be looking to get? I know they all have their place, but what would be the standard to start out with? Then what are the situations that dictate whether to move up or down in size? Would you use a different size depending on whether you were using a minnow v. a waxie or euro?

Thanks.

Andy

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I'd recommend a #12 Marmooska. They come in a pack of two where one has an orange stripe and one has a green stripe.

For a jigging spoon, grab the smallest GoDevel they sell. If you cant find them, try to find a smiliar spoon in the 1/16th size or smaller. I rarely go heavier for pannies.

Tip the Marmooska with a waxie or euro, and the GoDevel with 2 waxies or a crappie minnow.

I've always been told to start bigger and work smaller, but I usually do the opposite.

If it were me (and I wish it was, but I can't make it), I would put a flashy medium sized teardrop and crappie minnow under a ice buster bobber for 1 rod and jig a #12 Marmooska with the other. If you mark a few fish and they are not hitting the Marmooska, give a jigging spoon a try. If your in an area of mostly crappies, the jigging GoDevel spoon might be your best option.

The great thing about the brawl is that you will have tons of people out there and most of them will be willing to share information on whats working and whats not.

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Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze, Tyler! Don't go telling Andy the good stuff here now. Its kind of nice seeing him with soda straw sized fish. lol

The #12 marmooska can found at Gander I think. I have a go devil or two for you when you get down there so don;t bother with those.

Whileyou are getting the Mooskas get a box of Euros at Gander too....all red if they have them.

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I got some Gander cards left over from Christmas and plan on making a stop on the way home tonight. First cleats, and then some additional jigs to the arsenal.

I stopped by Gone Fishing the other day, but instead of seeing things in 1/32, 1/64, etc. I see size 8, 10, 12. I had no idea what I should have been buying.

Andy

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Gone is out of the Marmooskas. Actually, down there the Mooskas will be about all you'll need. If you need to size up you can come see me.

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i think im gonna try n swing down saterday, any kinda sign up list or do we just show up? looking fwd 2 catching a few fish n meeting a few of u guys, also wondering whats the advantage of those marmoosekas over a lindy frosty or a tear drop jig? ive never heard of them before n wanna know if im missing out on somthing

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Its heavier than a tear drop with aids in getting it back down towards the bottom sooner. It also enables one to better detect the "upward" bitting fish.

Its a roundish shape and even smaller gills can suck it into their small mouths.

The hat/head of the jig glows softly, and I've found fish to really enjoy all these aspects.

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Ok I'm sold and so is the wife. She is letting me go. So when does this thing officially start? cool.gif

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