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saltgrassbear
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 12:56 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
Greetings everyone,

I am new and would like to say hello. The reason I looked this forum up is, I need some help. My son and I will be coming up there next July to make a Boundary Waters trip with the Boy Scouts. Being a Texan, I am not sure what kind of fishing gear we will need. From what I'm told, the fish will range from 5-10 lbs. Walleye, Trout and Muskie I believe. Should I bring some lures? What kind of rod and reel would be needed? I was thinking of a Penn spinning reel with a Shakespear Ugly or Tiger stick in medium action about 7' long. All suggestions will be appreciated.

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 01:21 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
Welcome to the site. That is a big question you have there.

I would say you will most likely find most of your fish coming in under the 5 pound mark. 1-3 pounds is probably more like it, but bigger fish are a definte possibility.

If you want to target walleye I would bring some plain lead head jigs, maybe some crawler or leech harness with a spinner for trolling. Maybe some rapalas, and an assortment of plastics will work.

For other species lures will change.

I would probably look at some sort of medium action rod 6'6" or so, and and pair it with a decent reel. Shimano Slade 2500 is around $30 and is a nice reel. But if its a one time use thing you can probably find a decent price on a cheaper rod/reel combo.

thats some info to get you started, others will chime in and give their 2 cents. If you have any other specific questions let us know.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 01:39 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
Hey saltgrassbear,

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

A couple of threads you should peruse...

http://myfishingpals.com/Minnesota-Fishing-Forum.taf?_function=detail&ForumMasterThreads_uid1=164&start=1&ForumNumber=7

http://myfishingpals.com/Minnesota-Fishing-Forum.taf?_function=detail&ForumMasterThreads_uid1=2277&start=1&ForumNumber=1

Hope this helps!



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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 02:23 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
SGB,
do you know which lakes you will be hitting ?

i have a brother in law and a sister that make at least 15 trips up there a year ..

I have been there twice in the last 4 years it can be a lot of fun if you let it be..

what i took was a 61/2' medium rod rigged with 10 pound mono line..

and rapalas ether jointed or as a stick..shad raps work very well up there too..
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:22 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
Not sure about the lakes. We'll start in Minnesota, then work our way into Canada and back. Thanks for the links. They are informative. I would guess that Walleye hooks would be about the same as our Speckled Trout down here. Are their mouths tender? If so, I will need some trebble hooks.

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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 03:44 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
If you can find out what entry point your permit will be for we will probably be able to help pinpoint the areas you'll want to hit.

But for now here are some of the basic rigs that you'll probably want to give a shot.

Basic lead head jig, tip with leech


Crawler or leech harness, crawler will have 2 hooks a leech only needs one.



Slip bobbers, use a slip bobber knot to set the depth and put on either a plain red hook or a lead head jig on the end with a leech.


Your basic red hook, you can tie them onto your line yourself or you can tie on a snap swivel first and then buy the hooks already tied onto a short 6-8 inch leader.





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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 04:45 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
Does Boundary Waters sound familiar? Those rigs pictured are in our local sports stores.


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:04 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
all good ides NoFish but a person cannot take live bait into Canada that's why i recommend rapalas and shad raps..
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 08:26 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
I went into the BWCA in June of this year. Best bass lure we used was a single blade harness with one hook tipped with a leech. We were able to catch all the Bass we wanted.
My son also did well with Northland whistler jigs tipped with a leech for Walleyes. He also caught a lake trout the same way even though we were fishing in shallow water for Walleyes.

Have fun and enjoy the scenery.



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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 08:38 PM 08/27/07 (CST)
Ah yes, I guess I focused more on the "starting in MN" portion of the post. If you plan on spending more time in MN then canada then consider live bait. If you plan on being in the Quetico more of the time then forget the live bait.

If you don't want live bait then the rapalas are probably your most versitle bait you could bring. July will be more of a small mouth bass time of year so crankbaits will be a good option. But also consider different types of plastics. Sassy Shad and Twister Tails on a jig are a good option. Also Gulp makes really good plastic leeches if you still want to target walleye. Fish them on a jig or leech harness trolled slowly and it will be as good if not better then live bait.


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