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Domino Dave
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 04:22 PM 03/31/15 (CST)
It's that time of the year again folks. Time for some tasty little smelt to see my fry daddy! I know that a few of you out there would like to join me for some fun on the shores of Lake Superior or the Lester River!

Waders, a net, and the desire to work hard and have fun is all that's needed!

I'm thinking that things will start picking up in a couple weeks now that the ice has broke up and the shore piles are quickly disappearing. So let me know who's in so we can make some plans! Being flexible on when to go is always a plus. I know Sandburr is ready! Monster Mechanic, how about you?
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:58 AM 04/01/15 (CST)
It great to hear from you!!!! wink smiley

Waders I am an expert at!

Where do I get a net?



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:10 AM 04/02/15 (CST)
I did some digging and found were you answered this for me before! Posted below for everyone else to view:

Equipment is a question we get a lot. The reality is you don't need much more equipment then an avid sportsman probably already has. But here are some basics.
A good pair of chest waders. There is no way around these. The water is cold. I recommend neoprene, but any will do if you wear good warm stuff underneath.

A good dip net or seine. Now a good new metal dip net is hard to find these days. The sporting goods stores in Duluth sometimes carry a limited supply in the spring. Usually around $30.00. But the reality is that many of your old time friends still have them hanging around in rafters and will either give them to you or loan them with happiness. Don't forget to drop off a couple of packages of fresh smelt for them either. Don't buy a mesh one! They don't last an evening of dipping! and are not big enough, and will frustrate you to no end!

Seine nets is where you could spend a few bucks. I don't advise anyone to go cheap here either. The best one out there is a 4'x25' with a pocket made by Christiansen Nets up in Duluth. They run about $200.00 or so. They will last a long time if cared for. But have your buddies through in on it. Because you can't pull these puppies by yourself.

Hear me now, and believe me later! There is nothing worse than getting your hopes high, timing things right, being in the water when they are running good, and watching others pull big piles out of their nets, while your crappy net is getting only a few or none at all!!!! Been there, done that, will never be there again!!!!

All the other stuff you likely have: A change of warm dry clothes... because there will be wetness! a cooler, headlamp if needed, water proof gloves, lantern, 5 gal bucket, minnow bucket if working a stream, beer, well conditioned arms and shoulders, and of course a strong back for carrying your smelt back to the truck!

So if a guy bought new waders, dip net, and a seine, like $400.00 or so. So split that up over 10-20 years, it's pretty cheap. Plus you need a fishing license. But I'm sure you likely already have your new one.

Now if you come hang out with me, I have all the nets, spare waders, and experience! We just need something to drink....hmmmm?????





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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 12:45 PM 04/02/15 (CST)
The sporting goods stores here in the Mpls are don't carry the right smelt dipping nets. The kind you want has a metal basket with a long wooden handle. They usually run about $25.00. Don't buy a mesh net or one with an aluminum handle, they won't last and don't work very well.

The Duluth area stores carry a limited supply of these during the spring. Call ahead and make sure they have some in stock. These are the nets that get used in the rivers like the Lester.

Marine General, Duluth, (218)-724-8833
L&M Supply, Cloquet, (218-879)-8723
Chalstrom's, Duluth, (218-726)-0094

When working the beaches of Park Point you want to use a seine net. The only one that I would spend my money on is a Christiansen net. They make one specifically for smelt! It's 4'x25' with a pocket. They run $205.00 but with last a very long time if cared for.

Christiansen Nets, Duluth, (218) 724-5509 or http://christiansennets.com/

Good luck.


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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 09:44 AM 04/13/15 (CST)
The run up in Duluth just started to trickle in over the weekend. The nice weather and sun have made the difference. So be prepared..... smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:16 AM 04/17/15 (CST)
Hey Domino,

Sorry I haven't got back to you on the smelting. Just tasted my first smelt last weekend at a smelt fry. It was good. The to-be-wife's father was a big time smelter back in the day, and I'd love to carry on that tradition. I , MAYBE, could pull something out for this weekend, but other than that, I'm a no go. I'm bringing a crew up to LOTW/Rainy river for Sturgeon next Thursday, and then going back up there for Walleye Opener w/ another crew. Inbox me or better yet, text/call me at 651-470-5427...Aaron Crosby.

*Also, tell Shannon...um, I mean Sandburr,to meet up with a fellow "old school" MFP guy! Five or six years of fishing those waters has given me a lot of knowledge smile smiley I have next to no time these days to post, but I don't do the facebook or twitter or insta things...so i
come back to my old pals.

I'm still rooting for a gathering of old school MFP's. smile smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 11:58 AM 04/21/15 (CST)
Whats the report Dave? wink smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 08:38 AM 04/22/15 (CST)
The smelt have been running in Duluth about a week or so now. The run has been very light so far, and has only been active on Park Point. No big pushes at all. The rivers have seen very little action as well. They are running very low and slow right now. Hopefully the rains we just had will help with that.

Ashland had some great action already. Some did very well and some did just ok. But that's smelting. Things look like they have pretty much wrapped up there.

This cold snap has kind of put everything on hold for a few days. But when it ends and the sun comes out and things warm a bit, the peak of the run should be on! Stay tuned....
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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 10:33 AM 04/24/15 (CST)
Myself and a friend are heading to Duluth this afternoon. Any smelting reports, good or bad. Were trying no matter what.
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 01:50 PM 04/24/15 (CST)
Hey snowbound1972,

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



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