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Cool Cats 2006


Dennis Steele

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Ice Leaders 4th Annual Cool Cats

We have a go!

All are invited to the 4th anual Ice Leaders Cool Cats get together on Horseshoe Lake in Richmond MN. The date will be Saturday March 4th 2006.

We will meet on the ice at 8:00 AM. (see map for location)

At noon we will have a fish fry and pot luck lunch. Catfish will be on the menu along with icehouse bob's famous beans! Bring something to share and join us.

This is a fun,free get together. Come and join us for an exciting day catching catfish through the ice and meet your FM and Ice leader freinds.

From I 94 near St Cloud take hwy 23 west to Richmond.Then go south on hwy 22.

Use the winter access noted on the map if you will be driving on.(2nd access south of 23)

Snowmobles and ATV can use the DNR access.(first access heading south from 23)

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This is a fun event for everyone.

Hope to see you all there.

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What an outstanding event! I've attended the last couple Cool Cats and they have been nothing short of exceptional!

This is one of those events where A LOT of laughs and stories are told, as well as one heck of a good feed! smile.gif

Some very good fishing to be has as well, and catching a catfish through the ice is an experience that is well worth the trip! Catfish are probably one of my favorite species to target through the ice, what a blast!

I'll be there, no doubt about that!

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I agree, this is a GREAT EVENT were lots of people come together and make what this site is all about....HAVE MORE FUN! I had the chance to attend lasts year event and what a turn out we had!

I unfortunately won't be able to attend this years event. I have another trip planned for this weekend. But if things change, I would definately consider being at the Cool Cats 2006 gathering.

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Barring a tragedy, I'll be there along with my son. I've spent the past eleven months hearing the question, "WHEN ARE WE GOING TO COOL CATS ON HORSESHOE LAKE?"

What a great time this event is. Really looking forward to the 4th.

Dennis if you would like any help from me I will be available, just drop me a note at [email protected]

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This is great...the only thing that can keep me away is the State Wrestling Tny...outside chance we may be there.

What ever happened to the video that was shot out there last year?

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I'm really going to try and make this event... Never fished cats before, Anything special needed to fish cats?

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ky-typical walleye stuff has always worked for me. Go Devil Spoons, Rattle Varmits, Angle eye Jr. and a minnow head.

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With much regret, Young Gun and I will have to miss this one. The Zumbo Zinger is the same day, so unless scientists speed up the cloning experiments we can't be in two places at the same time. Shame too, because this event really is fun! Fishheads catfish fillets are worth the trip alone. Mmmm mmmmm good!

So everybody take lots and lots of picture and be sure to post them.

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hmmmm...Cool Cats or Zumbro Zinger? Both I'm sure will be a blast. Boy...this is going to be a tough decision.

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It looks like I'll be able to make the event. Now I'll have to see who I'll bring along. wink.gif

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I'll be there, Iceman12 is going to make an appearance also..see you guys on the ice. I can't believe that this will be my first event. Looking forward to meeting you guys.

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Count me in and possibly my g/f. Last year was fun, even though my transducer broke, the fishing was only a small part of the fun.

Oh, yeah. What DID ever happen to the video shot out there last year?

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My dad will be joining me again this year. He had the hot hand on the kitties last year, hopefully he brings a little of that luck again come March 4 smile.gif

A week from Saturday!

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Dennis, Since its going to be a father-son affair. I'll one up you guys. My oldest son just got back from Afghanistan so the plan is for me and my four, count em,FOUR sons to be there. Is the fishing world ready for that much rowdiness?? When you see them eat, you'll realize why I'm a poor man. grin.gif Monetarily, that is.

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i am going to be there never done the cat thing b4 but hopefully some one will push me in the right direction will haver the wheeler and the otter and am very much looking to my third fm ice get together this year. gota love it. only thing that will get in the way will be if i find a job by then. ..... paul

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Hey dennis, besides the barbequed beans, do you think anyone would object to my gang also bringing the fixings for chili cheese dogs with everything?? Since its a cat gathering, I don't want to offend people with the dog stuff. If all else fails, my boys and I will eat them all. grin.gifgrin.gif

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We sure could put the dogs and the cats on the table and see if they get along. wink.gif

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Ok, I'm in along with a buddy.

Now to the question I always ask on these get togethers.. Should I bring my wheeler? Or will most be driving on the ice?

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I was on the 'Shoe today and found a good 16 to 18" of ice near the event location. We did drive out to the event location in my 3/4ton truck. If you plan to investigate other areas of the lake, I would bring a sled or wheeler. The Horseshoe system is a large chain with current running between the lakes.

If you decide to drive out to the location, it would be best to access at the winter access marked on the map and stay on the ice road.

I am getting excited about seeing everyone there. I recieved some great prizes to give away from our ICE Series sponsors. The only cost of the raffle is you have to say hello to me!

ALso don't forget the pot luck lunch and fish fry around noon. SOunds like there will be some good digs!

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Good ice D... that is good to hear... I didn't see you mention of fish however?... See any fish down der in da hole? And was the Meth hole easy to find or do we have to be very, VERY carefull?

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I plan on fishing out there on Friday. I'll check on a few other areas and see what things look like and I'll have a report for people at the event on Saturday...

I'm excited for this event! Less than a week away!

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Dennis I agree the ice is looking good I highly recomend that the people stay on the trail and once they reach the area they put ample space between their vehicles when parking. As far as the catting I ran to a couple of the river holes over the weekend and can I say they were tricky!! The cats have been finiky lately I managed to get some to go but serious downsizeing was a must. I did manage to get a few on cut bait below a Ice buster bobber but the best set-up was a panfish rig. I was useing a ThorneBros 28" sweetheart 2 lb test and small ice jigs gobbed with waxworms. The fish seemed super sensitive they were stacked but wanted a small presentation. Just a thought for anyone comeing to cool-cats don't rule out bringing some finese gear for these cats. I know it seems impossible but with a good real with a quality drag and a good rod these fish with patience can be iced when the going gets tough. Hopefully they are a little more agressive Sat. Hope to see everyone on Sat!!

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How's the walk out for those of us unfamliar with the lake and without an ATV or sled? Looks like it could be a trek.

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cool.gifI'd bet there will be someone available to shuttle. wink.gif For those attending, remember your new license! Can't wait for Sat. grin.gif Hope to get down Friday afternoon to check it out. See you all there!!
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Guys, I will not be able to make it to cool cats this year. The only Saturday that I have to work...bummer.

The cat bite has been strange this year, but it's picked up the last couple of weeks even around the meth hole. The active feeding window varies daily, although an afternoon bite has been more consistent than a morning bite. Ice conditions vary depending on location, but it's basically doubled in the last couple of weeks. Many people were driving out to the meth hole area last Saturday. On Friday I did find an area on the chain with just 5 inches of ice, so don't stray if you don't know the area. Matt, Cory- you know this location.

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Depending on where you park the walk can be real long. There is on spot that is closer but very few places to park. I drove out there on Saturday and stayed on the road until I got right to the area. Stay on the ice road and please stay slow. Seen many driving at high speeds on Saturday especially after dark and near the Hole. Right now it appears as the hole is slightly iced over but if like last year we will mark it somehow.

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