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Bass aoy Championship at Mille Lacs

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So for the average Joe, what is there to see and do at a Tourney like this? You got the Weigh in to see, so that is one thing. During the day are there Vendor booths to visit and buy stuff at? Are there signings afterwards? Never been to one of these, so just curious if it is worth a trip up there.

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Ill be out on the lake as well. I have 7 guys and 3 boats coming up to the cabin. Gonna be awesome. All the anglers will be doing seminars on Saturday. Fishing is Thurs, Fri, and Sun. 

Ill be out on the lake as well. I have 7 guys and 3 boats coming up to the cabin. Gonna be awesome. All the anglers will be doing seminars on Saturday. Fishing is Thurs, Fri, and Sun. 

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On 8/31/2016 at 3:30 PM, thatoneguy said:

Weather permitting, I will be running around the lake in my boat watching them fish!

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Plus, I plan on fishing. The big lake should really spread them out, so easy to stay out of their way and still be fishing good water.     I will be curious to see what kind of booths and exhibits will be set up.

 Saturday they don't fish, though I think they left that open for a possible make-up day. As we know, wind can mess things up, but it would have to be bad to keep them off. Calm would be nice, just to see them fish the whole lake.

  I'll be in a maroon/tan Alumacraft Competitor/ 75Merc - say hi

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I can imagine it will be like the FLW or other major tourneys where certain anglers get an audience while they're fishing.  Whoever is in the top 10 should expect an armada following them!

I've been thinking about checking out the show and weigh in at least.  My boat can't keep up on the water to keep tabs on anyone!

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Yeah I am hoping we can get some fishing in as well but just don't know if that breaks tournament etiquette or not. The lake is huge and there are only 50 boats and they are launching out of Eddy's so I am guessing a lot of them will be staying on the West side. If it's dead calm and slick water it will be hard not to fish a little. Of course if a Pro would be heading to the area I was fishing I would pack up and just watch. I'll probably also hit a few local lakes around the area for some largemouth. Man I am pumped. I will be in a Red/Silver/Black TR-18 Triton if anyone see's me out there swing over and say hi. Also if anyone is willing to meet up for a few beers Friday night we are going to be heading to Castaways Bar on the NE side. 

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Do they have a schedule of the events on shore by the weigh-in site or list of sponsor booths? I won't be following anyone around out there in my dingy.

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If it is somewhat calm, I bet they spread way out.  Garrison Reef and Myr Mar should collect some boats. Some will run to 3 mile. A lot will cover the south, southeast part of the lake. A few might even head to the north for much less pressured fish. It's not  ALL sand up there.   These guys are used to running, and in rough water.   Can't wait to see how they work the lake.  

 Wind will dictate where we launch from, but I'll be checking out all these areas to see who is there.

On 9/2/2016 at 8:36 AM, thatoneguy said:

 :) It would be fun to meet up Friday night and talk fishing.

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On another site I saw a couple of people wondering if the AOY guys would trade out their boats for deep-V Lund's. I pointed out that these guys run 5' waves on the great Lakes in their bass boats, so I think they will be OK.

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I'll be out there as a marshal! :cool:  I was on the waiting list but got an email last week asking me to get in....so of course I took it.  I can't wait. There's a dinner Wednesday night with all the Marshals and pro's so I should get to meet everyone.  And of course I'll be riding with different guys Thursday, Friday and Sunday.   Hopefully I'll get Swindle one day since he's the one trying to hold off the pack right now, although he's got a BIG lead.     Of course there's a lot of big names that'd be fun/interesting to ride with.

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11 hours ago, bassfshin24 said:

Nice! That should be awesome and also a great way to learn Mille Lacs! 

Yup, that's the main reason I signed up.   Watching how those guys fish it first hand will be invaluable.

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Yup,

3 different guides. Cool to see how the guys break down a new-to-them lake like ML.  I look forward to reading your insights and impressions.

 

On 9/2/2016 at 8:36 AM, thatoneguy said:

 It would be fun to meet up Friday night and talk fishing.

Muggs in Waukon is a supporter of the Smallmouth Alliance. Just sayin'.  

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13 hours ago, rascal23 said:

Yup,

3 different guides. Cool to see how the guys break down a new-to-them lake like ML.  I look forward to reading your insights and impressions.

 

Muggs in Waukon is a supporter of the Smallmouth Alliance. Just sayin'.  

Would love to do Muggs but that's 20 minutes away from the cabin on the NE side :-) Castaways is 1 mile

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My wife and I plan to attend this. Never been to one. I was planning on being there fri/sat/sun, but it sounds like the fan events are on Saturday at the casino parking lot. So I was thinking of not going Friday if nothing is going on? I read somewhere that they launch at 6:40am each day, when do they need to return?  

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A lot of the public accesses on the west side have very limited parking (at least relative to the crowd that might show up for this)...if you want to use either of the accesses around Garrison, I would suggest getting there early! I am not sure about what resorts will charge for a launch fee, but that's worth checking into as well.

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