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Sorry bout the caps, excited! Winter break is here for those of us still in school regardless of level. All I know is besides the x-mas festivites I'm gonna be out on the lake as much as possible. Any one else feeling this vast freedom to fish the next few weeks? Planning on heading out all over the cities, and maybe a trip up to Winnie. With my first couple outings so far have been pretty successful, I'm pumped! Sorry all, just had to let some of this out now since I gotta bear one more day...

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yeah i know the feeling, one more final tomorrow at 10 am and i am outta here grin.gif..bout **** time! them its out on the ice for a great month!

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I agree, last final was at 9 0'clock on thursday, won't hit the lake until sunday, but from then until mid january, i'll be sitting on a box in the "black hole" (my buddy and i named our house) Can't wait!!!!!!!

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