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  • #16
    Originally posted by Dougfir View Post
    Bullheading is still very popular around here. Smelting has a long history in this area, but many of the best smelt fisheries have really suffered in recent years. In Champlain, the alewives have outcompeted them. I don't tend to do either, though. For me, the first spring fishing tradition is trolling for salmon and lakers when the ice goes out. I've attached a photo of the view from my house today...
    Beautiful part of the country, one of my favorite places to visit. 90 more or less still nice picture.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Pray- hunt-work View Post
      Spring time sea run smelts with a dip net is a pretty common tradition around here. Suckers are mostly speared for lobster bait. I’ve done both in spades. Many a late night and long drive for suckers and smelts both. Fried smelt, 3 eggs over easy and a couple of hash browns and you’ve got yourself a breakfast.
      My father in law loves to do the smelt thing and ice out salmon on Moosehead Lake . His is very ill this winter and spring but I hope he gets out , at least a bit.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Pray- hunt-work View Post
        Spring time sea run smelts with a dip net is a pretty common tradition around here. Suckers are mostly speared for lobster bait. I’ve done both in spades. Many a late night and long drive for suckers and smelts both. Fried smelt, 3 eggs over easy and a couple of hash browns and you’ve got yourself a breakfast.
        Does he live around Greenville? I hope he has someone around to help him get out this coming season. I’ll be praying for him.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Treestand View Post
          We drive to a place call the Jolly Gator for Smoked Smelts O'H what good eating;-)) $5.00 for 3~8"smelts in a greasy brown bag........
          Treestand - I have heard of that place.
          I think they are famous for their fried 'gator bites.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Pray- hunt-work View Post
            Spring time sea run smelts with a dip net is a pretty common tradition around here. Suckers are mostly speared for lobster bait. I’ve done both in spades. Many a late night and long drive for suckers and smelts both. Fried smelt, 3 eggs over easy and a couple of hash browns and you’ve got yourself a breakfast.
            PHW - You have to add grits to that breakfast menu.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Pray- hunt-work View Post
              Spring time sea run smelts with a dip net is a pretty common tradition around here. Suckers are mostly speared for lobster bait. I’ve done both in spades. Many a late night and long drive for suckers and smelts both. Fried smelt, 3 eggs over easy and a couple of hash browns and you’ve got yourself a breakfast.
              I’m not entirely sure grits can be purchased from a common grocery store here in Maine. I’ll have to look into that. No real desire to eat grits but you’ve piqued my curiosity.

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              • #22
                Springtime fishing for me know and days is mostly Muskie fishing. I used to be into trout every opening day we would go but now that I'm older and want to fish alone and in peace instead of sitting there and trying to fight off someone for small fish. Even a small Muskie give me more thrills than those stocked trout.

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                • #23
                  Originally posted by Solitario Lupo View Post
                  Springtime fishing for me know and days is mostly Muskie fishing. I used to be into trout every opening day we would go but now that I'm older and want to fish alone and in peace instead of sitting there and trying to fight off someone for small fish. Even a small Muskie give me more thrills than those stocked trout.
                  I do feel lucky that many of my local streams have good populations of wild trout. Some of them are stocked, too, but that works out well, since most of my fellow fishermen focus on the stocking areas and clear up a lot of stream for me. When I do run into someone else, it's usually someone like-minded and the conversation is worth having. I hate talking to other fisherman who seem to think trout don't exist if they don't come from a truck.

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