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Special thanks to STF Catfish and Chunky Trout for the well guided seek and distroy mission at Burntside Lake on Sunday.

My first Minnesota trout limit could not have been taken without Chunky's dive into the icy waters after trout #1 when the line broke, and his quick grab of my Samuel Adams so I would not spill it as I fought trout #2. Great job Festus!

Catfish boy did a great job all alone in his "private house"

with a trout that was about the same size as mine and a nice fat trout at the end. A great mandate of fishing was had by all.

(Jeez my head hurts today!)

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  • 'we have more fun' FishingMN Creators

stiffwireleader, welcome to FM. I enjoy your radio show, well the parts I can hear anyway. A 26,400 Kbps connection and a 32 baud broadcast is a bit lagged but knowing Chunky and Catfish , I can fill in the parts I miss.

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Mikey, welcome to the board you've been promoting on the air for the last few weeks. Good fishing with you for sure. We'll have to have a follow-up mandate before the season ends in mid March.

And not a bad first post. I see you mentioned three of the people who all can agree have profoundly influenced our country: Chunkytrout, stfcatfish and Sam Adams! It was fishing in the same shack with Chunky that gave you the headache, not your visit with Mr. Adams. grin.gif

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Sounds like you boys put a hurting on some trout, congrats. Those lake trout sure can become habit forming, kinda like Sam Adams grin.gif

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Here ye here ye, the great trout gods have spoken. And they smiled upon brother stiffwire and did there present him a limit and it was good.

Welcome aboard!

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stf and chunky,

You boys should consider a trip to the gunflint if your schedules permit. Obviously you guys have a pretty good bead on lakers in their winter patterns, and I would think that you could do very well on some of those smaller lakes. We haven't been able to get any pigs yet, but there are lots of lakes with the potential. I caught three over the summer that were about 28", but so far we haven't iced any over a couple pounds. Quickstrike and I have been kinda learning as we go up there, but we've been fortunate enough to return with some fine table fair every time we've gone. There's some excellent streamer lakes up there too.

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ST, I saw your mention of slow modem speeds above , and I remembered a converstation I had with an engineer over at qwest the other day... I'm not sure exactly where you are in Twig (or even if you are interested) but Qwest just installed DSL at the corner of Industrial Rd. and Hwy 53. If you are within 3 miles its likely available... Just figured you *might* be interested.

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Thanks fishermn, I've been hounding Qwest for years about getting DSL here. In fact there was a petition to do so not to long ago.

I'm on their call list to get signed up when its available but will call them tomorrow.

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yeah I hear ya... I am in the process of petitioning them now, I just need about 5 more people (in the area near the LeGrande restaurant) to meet their minumum.

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