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Mrs Boilerman

Tell me why you use fm, please

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Mrs Boilerman

Hi everyone. I'm a reporter (please don't hold it against me) for the Daily Globe in Worthington and want to write a story for our fishing tab about fishingminnesota.com.

I'm looking for comments and stories about why you use the site, what makes it work so well, how being able to exchange info has changed or added to how and where you fish - that kind of thing. I've exchanged an email or two with Rick and will get input from him also, but I want input from the people that use it every day, that depend on it for information, that use it to meet new fishing buddies...whatever.

Please keep in mind, this is about the positive impact of the fm site. Also, I may quote anything you have to say, so whether you want me to use your screen name or real name is up to you, but I would like a general location of where you are. Anyone that would like to email me directly can find my email address in my profile. I will add my toll-free number also.

Deadline for this is Thursday morning, April 26, so please respond before then or your comments will not be used.

Thanks!

Justine Wettschreck (yep, aka Boilerguy and/or Eric's wife...sorry honey)

P.S. If anybody wants a copy of the tab after it publishes in early May, let me know and I'll send them out

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Bobby Bass

You can use anything you find from the fishing reports of Lake Iwannabethere grin.gif As for why am I here. The FM site covers it all and grows along with the rest of us. Depending on what you want to read about you will find a forum covering it and if you have a question, ask it and often you will get a helpful response within minutes. You might point out that I would consider this a model that others should fashion a web site after.

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basssmasher*

I myself have found it very helpful in a number of ways.. 1. I can always look for tips and tricks to help me become a better fisherman.. 2.. There are certain lakes i can get alot of info about if I ask and 3.. EVERYONE here for the mostpart is VERY helpful in many ways, from Harvey Lee helping me set up an Icefishing Get Together last winter to Dietz helping with tips and tricks to catch more fish.. I am on this site everyday and always learning more.. Thanks to ALL for your help!! grin.gif

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fishinchicks

This is the first place I check every morning. I am pretty much a self taught angler, since I did not grow up in a sporting household. I have found great tips from how to correctly tie a knot in my line, to hook removal when your catch is bigger than you expected (fishing partner). Fortunately, I have not had to use the hook removal technique yet!

I also like the fact that I can see what the guys are saying in the NASCAR forum, and receive golf tips in the Golf forum. There is pretty much something for everyone here. I have even asked about road conditions between Marshall and Rochester after a storm hit about the time my daughter needed to go for her monthly Mayo visit. I received some very kind replies with great reports. The people on here are pretty awesome!

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hunter76

First of all, I would like to say that if a person gives information on this sight, it is for real. Everybody seems like they are always trying to help the other person out. Lets face, we don't know it all. It seems like everybody on here is very down to earth, and honest. We all know that it is hard to find people like that around anymore. Also, it just not about fishing, its about basically any topic you want to talk about or ask a question about. This sight has it all. Unfortunetly in my line of work, I sometimes don't deal with very honest people at all.

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KTroller

This site simply ROCKS!. People may protect their favorite spots or lakes (and they should!), but they freely offer techniques, depths and temperatures which tend to be tranferrable to a multitude of lakes that one may fish. It is alwyas helpful wether you are planning a trip somewhere or heading out to your favorite local lake. There is not a single site on the web that has as up to date information from across the region, or country for that matter. Believe me, I've looked

King Troller

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grumpyoldman

This site contains such a wide variety of information. Whatever your interest is, you will be able to find info here. I use it mostly during the winter for the great information on ice conditions throughout the state. Everything is always current.

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Bobby Bass

Quote:

P.S. If anybody wants a copy of the tab after it publishes in early May, let me know and I'll send them out


I would.

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idratherbefishing

I found this website a few years ago while looking for fishing reports for a Bemidji area lake that I vacation at and I have been hooked ever since. There is very useful information on fishing techniques,equipment,and tackle. When i am considering purchasing any fishing equipment or electronics or stuff for my boat, i usually write a post to see if anyone has any experience with the product or any other pointers. The fishing reports are usually accurate and I enjoy keeping up on the reports near my hometown and other areas that I fish. I am looking forward to attending the first SW Mn FM get together and putting some faces to the fellow posters on the forum. Overall it is a great website with great information and sure is a nice break from work during the day!!

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muc33

With as many hours as I put on the ice, I tend to travel. I want to know what people who fish different kinds of lake structure are using that may help me. Almost all of my product purchases during the year go from response to other FM users and their thoughts about the product. Nothing better than hearing it from a users aspect than a salesmans pitch who maybe doesn't even fish. FM also gives me connections to meet people from area's I like to visit to get the current bite, or conditions. I check it DAILY!

Chad Cummings

Brewster Mn

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harvey lee

I cannot say that one thing brought me to Fishing Minnesota or Hot Spot Outdoors. There are many reasons one becomes a member and posts on FM/HSO.

The members are great people and always willing to help out other fellow sportsman.

Most are willing to offer up answers to just about every outdoor activity that can be enjoyed.

The Fishing Minnesota get togethers are a wonderfull avenue to meet fellow FMer's and learn new lakes and fishing technique's.

One can also make many new friends and enjoy the outdoors with them. In the course of three years, I have fished many new specie, had wonderful trips, both fishing and hunting because of Fishing Minnesota and Hot Spot Outdoors.

As a Staff member, I have had the opportunity to meet many more members and also do what I can to help others in the outdoor activities. I would say that I get more out of seeing a young fisherman smile because of how I may have helped ot touched him or her than from what I recieve myself. If one is willing to give of themselves, one will recieve 3 fold back. The e-mails one can recieve from members for the help you offered are great to recieve.

It is also very rewarding to help others out way you can.

I personally dont know what I would do if FM wasnt available to me. Everyone is willing to offer help, show you something new and enjoy many new adventures with you.

Simply GREAT people.

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Mrs Boilerman

Whew!

I can't believe what great reponses I got from everyone, and would like to thank you all. I spent a long time working on the article, wrote enough to annoy the sports editor because it is too long and tried to work in as many of your comments as I could, all while fielding phone calls from my husband, who is out fishing while I'm working...sigh.

As soon as everything goes through the editing process I'll post a copy on here, but if anyone wants a paper copy I'll need an address, so you'll have to email me. My email is in my profile.

Thanks again for your help, and good fishing to you all! I hope to meet some of you at the SW MN get-together at Shetek.

Justine wink.gif

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harvey lee

Thank-You for going the extra mile for Fishing Minnesota and Hot Spot Outdoors.

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oldguide

HELP!!!!

I'm a little ashamed to ask for help cause I thought I was a pretty good fisher person. How do ya catch those walleye out of those prairie pothole lakes. Lakes like Benton, Wood, Goose, Dead Coon, etc. Any help would be appreciated. I'm coming down the week after opener. Tired of fishing all the old stand by lakes and want to try something new. Fish ON!!!

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Eric Wettschreck

There was a thread aboot this very thing not too long ago.

prairie potholes

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oldguide

Thanks for the tip on the prairie pothole thread. Helped a lot. Will try some of these tips week after next and let you know how I do and where I fished. I'm not going to keep anything so whatever I catch will be there for the next fisher person. If you see a old guy out there in a little Bass Tracker Panfisherman pulled by a Black Merc Mountaineer that will be me. Stop by and say hello.

The "Old Guide".

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Eric Wettschreck

Dont make yourself a stranger. Let us know what lake you're going to be on and maybe, with any luck, you just may bump into a fellow FM'er.

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