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  • Birthday 11/12/1989

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  • Name:
    Joe Paquin
  • Location:
    Walker, MN
  • Interests:
    Guide Service, fishing, hunting, family and outdoor recreational opportunities.
  • Gender:
    Male

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  1. Much of MN has been seeing strong storms every couple days over the last week but that hasn’t slowed out Leech Lake Walleye Guides from getting on the fish. Not a ton has changed since last week fishing Leech Lake out of Walker MN. However, we did notice a pattern change in the bait of choice. Both Lindy rigging and pulling cranks have changed a bit. Much like last Week we are still focusing on Lindy rig fishing. The water temp has dropped back into the lower 70s which has the fish looking for leeches again and less likely to hit crawlers. The humps of Walker bay have b
  2. The Walleyes are in their full summer patterns now. Our Leech Lake Fishing Guides are finding the walleyes in a few different places using a few different techniques. The key times of the day are the low light periods which has been an important factor for catching these fish on calm sunny days. Trolling the flats has put mid summer Leech Lake Walleyes in the boat. The main idea here is to cover ground using crank baits and find the active fish. Aim to move the boat at about 2 mph and getting your lure of choice within 2 feet of the bottom. Don’t spend too much time on on spot even
  3. The Walleyes are in their full summer patterns now. Our Leech Lake Fishing Guides are finding the walleyes in a few different places using a few different techniques. The key times of the day are the low light periods which has been an important factor for catching these fish on calm sunny days. Trolling the flats has put mid summer Leech Lake Walleyes in the boat. The main idea here is to cover ground using crank baits and find the active fish. Aim to move the boat at about 2 mph and getting your lure of choice within 2 feet of the bottom. Don’t spend too much time on on spot even
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    I am considering doing a webinar, Thursday, July 30th, from 7 to 8 PM, on fall activities in the Leech Lake, Walker, Bemidji, Park Rapids Area. Fishing, hunting, hiking, shopping, camping and more. If I see enough interest we will get a webinar set up to go over mini adventures and answer your questions. Let us know by selecting the "Going" button.
  5. The Leech Lake walleyes are on the move and our guides have been chasing them! With a recent fly hatch and some heat moving in this week has been a grind but we are still finding limits. A few keys to putting fish in the boat have been the location, the presentation and the wind. Most of our fish have been on Sucker bay and the main lake. Duck point, Ottertail point and Stoney point have all been good and putting out fish. We have been focusing on the 11-14 feet of water and covering ground has been important. Both Duck and Ottertail points have nice break lines that top out around
  6. Joe

    New Boat!

    I did like the way the 1910 tracked. Very nice boat. Get a hold of Dean at SBC tremendous service from these guys!
  7. Joe

    New Boat!

    Anyone have any experience with a Lund 208 with a 300 verado pro? I am starting to consider them.
  8. Joe

    New Boat!

    ​I have done a little looking at the rangers but they bring Blood money for a used one and out of my range on new. How do you like the 300 pro? I have some talk about hearing a constant whine from the supercharger? I did ride in a 1910 with Dean from skeeter boat center a few weeks ago. I cannot say enough good about that boat or SBC. Fit and finish is good and a ton of storage up front. That boat tracks better then any boat I have drove. I like the how deep the boat is, makes you feel very secure in it. Dean brought up a 1910 for me to drive and was very easy to deal with. The 1910 I drove ha
  9. We sell it here so I am a bit biased but it does make a difference. Not sure if he is selling the whole package or just the interior treatment. If you are keeping your car for 6+ years id say go for it. If you are trading more often the benefits might not out weigh the cost. I really like the undercoating and the rust proofing. The undercoating gives you a quitter ride and does prevent rust on the frame. The rust proofing is sprayed into the doors to stop the rust.
  10. Joe

    New Boat!

    Switched gears yesterday and skipped the visit to SBC. Will be rescheduling in the next few weeks. Went and looked at the Lund Pro-v 186. Wow was that a nice boat, very sharp. The front deck was the deepest I have seen a glass boat. The air ride seats that Lund puts in them feel a little weak. I should clarify, I did not ride in the Lund. I have decided against the Lund just because the 186 was a bit small in the cockpit and the bigger glass Lunds are getting out of my price range. Went out in the Larson 2020 with the Verado. Same top end speed as the Suzuki (53 mph) Hole shot was about
  11. Joe

    New Boat!

    I will say this about Larson, they are making one heck of an attempt to build the best boat for the money. The changes they make from year to year is very impressive. It's still in the list of contenders.
  12. Joe

    New Boat!

    Last year's 2014 2020 TL Larson: The new hull for Larson is a big improvement over last years design. Handles big water great. However, the boat did tend to porpoise a bit. I have heard that is more due to the prop then the boat but none the less was a bit of an issue for me. max speed with a 200 I4 Verado was 49. did touch 50 a time or two with two guys in the boat. I cannot say enough good about the smart craft gauges and the RPM troll down. I could get any speed I wanted out of it as low as 1.3 MPH going forward. Worked wonderful for trolling cranks and back trolling bottom bouncers. The
  13. Joe

    New Boat!

    This year I am buying a new boat. I will be writing about my experiences with each boat and my opinion on each. Here is what I will be looking at a 18-20 foot fiberglass boat with a full windshield, going to be new or slightly used. As far as motors I am not too picky. Would prefer a 4 stroke though. A little back ground. I am mainly fish walleyes on big water (leech). Last year I bought a Larson 2020 tiller and wasn't happy so I sold it after having it 8 months...
  14. 2014 Larson FX 2020 Tiller Gen 2 Hull with 200 HP Super Charged Verado. The 200 HP is the max allowed on this boat. Why under power a boat? It will do 50+ on calm days no problem. With the big tiller hydraulic handle this boat handles with ease weather you're trolled down to 2 mph or screaming at 50. Comes with upgraded snap in mats, captains? chair, 2 fishing chairs one butt seat, 80lbs Minn-kota Vantage, and Humminbird 1158c. Has quick release plate on bow for a bow mount electric trolling motor. Slide track system w/ 4 bases and rod holders. This boat is water ready. Motor has less tha
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