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TB/Muskie Bay Ice Outing

Brett Erickson

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Come Fish With Us at the Thorne Bros/Muskie Bay Ice Fishing Outing Feb. 23-26, 2006 at Muskie Bay Resort in Nestor Falls, Ontario, Canada

Pat Smith and Brett Erickson from Thorne Bros will be at this winter Outing. This is an American Plan trip and we will have local guides bringing us to the hot spots. As a group, we will decide what we want to do, but the basic plan will be as follows:

In the morning, we will get up and have a quick breakfast of donuts and/or rolls and hit the water early. Lake Trout will be the primary target early in the day on Crow Lake and its surrounding lakes. Conditions will dictate how far we will be able to travel. We will come in for a hot lunch of sandwiches and soup and then head to Lake of the Woods for and afternoon of Crappie fishing. At dark, we will come in and have a hot supper and then relax and get ready for the next day. On our last night, we will have a dinner of Crappies and Lake Trout prepared a couple of different ways.

You will need a snowmobile or 4-wheeler (depending on snow/ice/slush conditions), a portable fish house (like a Fish Trap or Otter), a flasher (Vexilar or Marcum), heater with enough propane, ice scoop, warm clothes with waterproof boots (temps can get to less than –40F and have very slushy conditions) and the following fishing tackle:

Lake Trout: Thorne Bros 42” Professional Plus, Shimano 2500 or 4000 size spinning reel, P-line FluoroIce in 8# or 10#, Beckman Ice Rod Case, #10 barrel swivels, 3/8oz tube jigs and 3”or 4”tubes (Lindy’s 4”Squid in TG Moonglow or Silver Pearl are our favorites) and a needlenose pliers.

Crappies: Thorne Bros Panfish Sweetheart Plus, Tica SS500 spinning reel, P-line FluoroIce in 2# or 3#, Beckman Ice Rod Case, Lindy/Systems Tackle #10 Fat Boys and #10 Genz Worms, Hali 25mm, Berkley Power Maggots and/or Power Honey Worms and/or Lindy Techni-Tails, #2 Jigging Rapala and a forceps.

The price for the Ice Outing is $400USD. Taxes not included. To book your trip, contact Paul or Chris Trinkner at Muskie Bay Resort at 1-800-363-3379. A $100 deposit is required. For any other questions, contact Pat Smith or Brett Erickson at Thorne Bros, 763-572-3782 or [email protected] or come see all of us at the St. Paul Ice Fishing Expo Dec. 2-4

Hope to see you there!

Brett Erickson


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