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Mantis
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:50 PM 08/02/06 (CST)
Hey Guys and Gals...

I've recently accepted a new job. As a result, I will be moving my family later this month from San Antonio, TX to the Twin Cities. My son and I love to fish and for the past several years have been regulars on the Texas gulf-coast fishing for sharks, drum and mackerel.

Now we have to learn a whole new style of fishing. I lived in Duluth over 20 years ago but remember little so it's basically starting from scratch for me. I just found this site and it looks like a trove in information but I wanted to ask....could anyone pass along a reference or two of where I can get some good primer-info on how/where to start when we get settled in? For the time being, we're land-locked but hope to get a boat in the future.

Since all my rigs are geared toward fishing salt water, I any recommendations as to basic equipment would be very helpful too!

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:18 PM 08/02/06 (CST)
Welcome,
I'm sure you will get a ton of responses. Jason "fisher"Spence will be a good one to listen to.
I have to go home in 10 so I'll come back tommorow and lay out gear vs. strategies.

You will be so glad you asked!
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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:34 PM 08/02/06 (CST)
where are you moving to? If we know what city you are moving into we can tell you what your local lakes are and give you ideas about how to approach them.

Your gear can vary greatly in price and quality. Personally I don't have a ton of money to buy top of the line gear so I do more looking to find something I like for the price I can afford. Currently my main go to reel is a shimano Slade 2500, I really like it and I think I got it at Fleet Farm for $25-30, Gander Mountain has it for the same price. My rod is a 6'6" graphite 2 piece, I don't recall the brand of the top of my head but it was a year end close out I got for $10.

You can find alot rods and reels out there that will meet your needs for a decent price. If you are just getting into it and don't know exactly what you are looking for I would stay on the more less expensive side of things. After awhile using your rod and reel you may become more aware of what kind of performance you are looking for so then you can narrow down your search and maybe look at spending a few more dollars.

Your lures, and bait can vary from Spoons, Crankbaits, lindy rigs, lead jigs, to a plain hook. If you know what kind of fish you want to target we can give you some pointers for each species. The lake you choose to fish will also help determine what lure/bait you will be using.

If you don't have a boat you are in the same position as myself. What I tend to do is I head to the Duluth area and rent a boat from a resort. It usually runs $70-120 a day depending on the boat. I split this cost between 2-4 people to make it possible for myself.

But if you are stuck on shore the rivers are a good option. You never know what you will catch in the rivers so it can be an adventure. I am not as familiar with the rivers as others on this site so I will let them fill you in on this particualr option. Look for posts made by Pier Bridge, he is our resident river rat.

If you are looking for other sources I would recommend looking for other minnesota fishing forums. There are atleast 2 others I frequent. The others are run a little different then this one. Here its truly a free exchange on info with no strings attached. Some other sites its not always that way. Some product info you get will be biased toward companies who sponsor the site so if someone tells you that a certain product is the best one and gives you a link to go buy it I would be skeptical. However I must say that these other sites also have great info. They are bigger sites with more people so you might find more info on a specific lake you might be wondering about. So it might be worth a look. With all that said, judging purely by how each site is run I would rank this one as the top and many would agree.

So this is some info to get you started. Please ask as many questions as you can think of, we all love to answer them. We have some people here with a diverse range of knowledge. I personally know more about the Duluth area then any other area but I live in st. Paul so I have some knowledge of that area as well.

Lets here some more questions. And make sure to read the post CrappieKieth is sure to leave tomorrow like he said he would. We butt heads at times but he does know his stuff so he's really worth listening to.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 10:14 AM 08/03/06 (CST)
Hey Mantis,

Welcome to My Fishing Pals. Glad to have you aboard!



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:23 AM 08/03/06 (CST)
Welome to the forum, Mantis...


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 10:40 AM 08/03/06 (CST)
Hey...thanks for replying!

I'll be working in Maplewood near White Bear Lake. We're looking at neighborhoods in some of the towns north/northeast of St.Paul for a house.

I've been reading here and there about what fish are popular up there. Walleye, pike, muskie, bass...I'm up for anything biting. I'm selling most of my rods/reels here. I don't think I'll find much use for 12' beach-casters with Penn 'shark-winches' on the lakes and rivers. I also have to get used to the one-hook-rule. In Texas, you can have as many lines in the water as you want with multiple drop-leaders. I'm not one of those who has to spend a mint of money to get the latest and greatest equipment...just something basic that'll take a beating and still work.


What sort of rod action... light, medium, heavy?

What sort of live bait/lures/presentation works for what fish?

What are some of the basic habits of the popular game fish in the area?

What’s good table-fair and what’s best photographed and released?


For a ‘noobe’ like me, there’s no such thing as too much info so please...
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 10:50 AM 08/03/06 (CST)
'Dude fishes Big Marine up in that area. Maybe he'll reply...








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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:52 AM 08/03/06 (CST)
Wow, where to start.

Ok for eating the typical favorite is walleye, but crappie, blue gill and perch are all good eating.

Pike are decent but lots of bones, not many people eat bass, and if you eat a muskie in minnesota you will probably be kicked back to texas.

If you are looking for walleye I would look around, rock piles, wood, weeds, breaks, and any wind blown shore line. Best baits would be live bait rigs like a Lindy rig, simple lead jigs with a leech or minnow, spinners for trolling and a hook under a bobber. Crankbaits, and plastics are also solid options. Everyone has there favorite I am sure you will find the one you like.

Gills, crappie and perch can be caught with the same live bait rigs as walleye but you usaully downsize everything. CK has a meatless jig that works as well, he will fill you in on its fine points.

Pike, throw anything shinny. Spoons, spinner baits, rapalas, you name it they hit it. You will catch them on all live bait rigs as well.

Bass, you will get more into plastics here. Its not my area so i will let others chime in on this one.

Musky, again not my area but you will be getting into alot for expensive stuff here. Baits are 3 times the price becuase they are 3 times the size.

In your area there are several lakes. Being on the north side of the metro area you can make a quick run up to Mille Lacs. Its about 1 1/2 hours at most. Probably the best walleye water around. You could get yourself onto a launch service in any of dozens or resorts and they will get you on fish.

Now, after you get the open water season down we need to talk about ice fishing. For a non boat owner thats the time of year when you can get to all the spots you couldn't during the summer. But this is enough info for one post.

More people will be giving you info I am sure. This is just a few points of the top of my head.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:56 AM 08/03/06 (CST)
Almost forgot about rod and reel choice.

I would probably go with a medium action rod if you are going to be doing alot of different kinds of fishing to start with. Its a good all a round choice. Alot of us have specific rods for each type of fishing. 1 jigging rod, 1 rod for pulling cranks, 1 trolling rod, ultra light for pan fish, 1 heavy duty for the toothy guys, and so on.

But just go with one for now.

Like I said before I really like the shimano reels, they come in a variety of sizes to match what you need. 2500 is a good size for me.


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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 11:05 AM 08/03/06 (CST)
I fish Big Marine once in a while. Good crappies and bass in that lake. Crappies are good early in the season. I try to get out there before the opener. Bucketmouths can be a whole lotta fun. I have caught some pretty big ones in there. 'Eyes are there, but very hard to find.

Another lake I usually visit early in the season is Bald Eagle. I take the kids there for crappies... pretty nice size to them too. Haven't really fished for anything else there.

As for rods, reels, tackle, etc... I like really lightweight stuff. My best rods are St. Croix ultra-lites with Abu Gracia or Fleuger reels to match, usually spooled with 4 to 6 lb test. It is a hoot trying to bring in a 15 lb northern with one of these. A lot of finesse involved. I also have a couple of medium rods that I will spool with 6 to 10 lb test if I want to fish for pike or sometimes out on the bigger lakes like Mille Lacs.

Tackle, I fish mostly with Lindy rigs, small colored jigheads, or just a sinker and gamakatsu hooks. Colored hooks seem to work best but the color will depend on the lake. I will sometimes do the slip bobber thing, especially on mille Lacs, but if that isn't working, I'll try other methods.

Everyonce in a while, I'll pull Raps, especially at night. They, at times can be deadly on Walleyes.

Hope this helps...



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