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GullGuide

L.E.T.S. Go Fishing!!

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Hey everyone,
Well, the lakes have been set for the 2002 summer league, which we are now calling L.E.T.S. Go Fishing!!
Leading Edge Tournament Series

These are the lakes that were picked-
Vermilion
Minnewaska
Clearwater
Big Pine
Pokegama ("open" event)

The first 4 are the league events and Pokegama will be the "open" event

I'll be posting the dates soon as soon as we nail down a permit for the Pokegama event.

We will be fishing in a 2 day format this year. Saturday will be noon to sundown, Sunday will be sunrise to 2. We did this to make it worth the drive for most of us.

League fees will be $200, pre-paid, per team, which will cover all events except the open, and will be limited to 15 teams. Fees will go towards a meal for the teams on Saturday night of the events, event pay-outs, overall payouts, an end of the year banquet, trophies, prizes and league expenses.

Open fee will be $100 per team, limited to 30 teams and will be open to anyone.

Scoring will be based on weight this year, converted to points. We will still be having a minimum size, but will be lower than last year.

I will be posting everything in detail soon, but let's start talking about it and fill the league up quick.
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Whoops,
Just wanted to add that this will be a multi-species league. Perch, Sunfish, Crappie, Bass, Walleye, Pike, Muskie and Lake Trout will all be scored.
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D-man,
The $200 is the league fee. We tried doing it on an event-by event basis last year and it seemed a lot of the people who said they were going to participate never showed up. By having a flat fee for all of the events paid in advance, we hope to attract teams that are committed to fishing all of the events. We also dropped the number of events to one event per month. This was done so it was easier to get teams to commit to the league, and by getting this going now, teams should have no problems scheduling for them.
We also have an "open" event on Lake Pokegama for those teams who are unable to get into the league.
If a team member is unable to compete in an event, they will be allowed to have a substitute fish for them as long as one team member, who is registerd as such, is present. Some teams could actually be made up of 4 members and they could alternate between events as long as one of the two "members" is fishing.
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It would be great to fish all the events but i dont know if i can get to them all. Could a guy put in a post to be an alternate prior to any event? Also what Big Pine is it?

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Yes, We hope to get a separate forum going and I'm sure that there will be the need for a sub occasionally.

It will be the Big Pine near Perham
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OK,
The dates have been set-

June 1-2 - Vermilion
July 13-14 - Minnewaska (Glenwood)
August 10-11 - Clearwater (Annandale)
September 7-8 - Big Pine (Perham)

August 24 - Pokegama (Grand Rapids)

The first 4 are league events, the last one will be open to those who are in the league as well as those who are not.

Check back soon for updates, league rules, and information on how to register.
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I like the idea a lot, but my only problem is I find it VERY difficult to find a partner! I did the solo thing twice last year, and lets just say I won't be doing that again. The only way I can do the "league" is if someone can commit, and my friends cannot seem to commit with their families and all. We have a long time before the open water season, maybe something can be worked out.

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CD, I would like to join this year, but here are my two problems. #1 My buddy who I was going to fish with can't make the events, #2 He is the one with the boat, so I need to find a partner with a boat. If you have a boat, I am willing to commit to being a partner. I would be willing to even things up for the use of your boat, gas money, I could drive to a few events,..etc. Let me know if you are interested, please send me an e-mail:
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I know there are quite a few of you out there that want to get involved in the league, but do not have partners that will commit. The best thing to do is just like Grabs did, post it!
Really, you could have 3 or more people on a team and alternate events if one partner can't make it.
I know as of now, we have 5 teams committed for sure. I expect it to fill up rather quickly once I get all the info out, so start thinking about it and organize your teams. The fee is $200 per team, not per person.
I'll be posting more soon, probably early Friday.
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Grabs,

CD has a very nice rig and is a whole lot of fun to fish with. If you get the chance to hook up with him, I would go for it.

Paul

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Hey CD, how would you like a Clueless college student for a partner?

I think the tournament would be a lot of fun.
Not sure if I can come up with the $$ however...
GullGuide - How come you didn't include any of the northern lakes like Cass, Winnie, Bemidji or LOW this year?

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I am really busy on Mille Lacs June,July and September. If anyone is looking for a team member or a partner, i can fish the clearwater event in August and maybe the open on pokegama. I have partners and other buddies that i could fish with but its hard getting them to commit. I would rather team up with a FM.com member and meet new people. Let me know.. Thanks D-man

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Clueless,

We tried to spread it out a little bit so that it was fair for all, while not using the same lake two years in a row. The pick for the northern lake this year was Vermilion at Guidemans invitation. smile.gif With the I.C.E. series on Winnie and LOW and fishing both Cass and Leech last summer, the decision was made to pick a couple of different lakes.

Hope you can join us as they are a ton of fun!

Paul

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Clueless....

Some of the reasoning behind choosing the lakes was: 1. big enough 2. vary from year to year 3. many species of fish 4. try to avoid the slot lakes.....

We fished on Cass last year so we decided not to fish on it again. We discussed Winnie, but then you have to deal with slots. Although they are not as restrictive as Mille Lacs, they still make it difficult to deal with in a league or tournament. Bemidji would be something to consider for the following year.

All the lakes you mentioned are excellent lakes and did receive some form of consideration. One other thing we considered when choosing lakes was avoiding some of the well known lakes. It's always nice to try new water.

This year we also made the events once a month instead of twice. With fewer events, there won't be as many geographic locations represented.

Maybe you'll find a partner that frequents some of these lakes. $100 per member over 4 events = $25 per event per person. The cost isn't that bad, but you do have to consider other expenses like bait and gas. Consider it a $25 dollar investment. It'd probably be a better $25 dollar investment than in the stock market right now. You'd be investing in the chance to win money and bragging rights, the opportunity to have a good time and make new friends and fishing connections, as well as the chance to learn from many novice to advanced anglers.

Who knows, by the end of the season you may be considered the not-so-cluelessfisherman...

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Grabs,
Thanks for the reply and offer, but I am going to wait awhile and ask some more friends (give it one last try!) before putting it in stone. There is a lot of time before I can even think about the soft water season. I am thinking February-March I will be able to pay dues and develop a plan of action.


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CD, sounds good. If anyone wants a committed partner, please let me know. I am very interested in these events. But like I stated previously, I don't have a boat.

Chris

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Holy moly! For some reason I saw the 30 teams part for the open tourney and I figured all of the events were limited to 30 teams. I didn't know it was limited to only 15 teams for the majority of the events. I better get moving because that could really fill fast!

I also just realized that the Vermilion tourney is the same weekend as a big walleye tourney I fish in Bemidji, so I have to work out more details with my partner for that event. I never thought I would be planning for all this stuff in early December!

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Good to here all the excitement about the summer league. Yes, it is a long way off and there is always a need for alternates or subs. As gullguide said, the idea is to get 15 teams that are committed to fishing all the events. I would also recommend that if you get a team together and are serious about fishing the events get your registration in with your money. We are limiting these events to 15 teams and I believe there were 5 teams represented at the meeting. I believe with the success the league had last year and of course the good times shared by all, that the available slots will fill up quickly. I look forward to another fun summer and hopefully meeting some new teams.ScottS

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Hey all,
I'm sitting here at college typing this because my intrnret at hone is FUBAR. they installed some new box in my area and it has everyones service on the fritz, so if I seem dead, I'm not smile.gif
It is good to hear that this is taking off this year. So far we have abou 8 teams comitted, so yes, it will fill up fast. I'm taking the first 15 to get me a check.
I'll see some of you on Mille Lacs next weekend.
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To all:
I would like to be an alternate with one or more teams. I fished 4 events last summer, 3 of those as an alternate in someone else's boat. I can fish in your boat or bring my big-water rig. I am especially interested in the Vermillion event.

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D-man,
I would love to fish Clearwater with you if we can fill out a team for the other events.

Friends, is there a team to fish the Minnewasta and Big Pine events, with one of the pair able to fish with me on Vermilion?

Gullguide,
If Grabs and I were a team and fished together on Vermilion, it appears that the rules would allow him to fish Minnewasta and Big Pine with someone else. Does that have to be the same person?

[This message has been edited by Bob O (edited 12-08-2001).]

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