Free guided trip to the 7th message request

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Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby catchafew » May Wed 15, 2019 7:56 am

I hope I don't regret it later but to the member who has the 7th message in my inbox you'll get a 1 day free guided river smallie fishing trip.

Sometimes I feel guilty hording all these river fish and the older I get I realize I can't fish these spots forever. I might as well pass along to hopefully to a trustworthy WCFing FIB. My personal friends rarely make it up here anymore and I sometimes enjoy the camaraderie of fellow anglers on the water.

Here's the fine print:

*You must have 750 or more posts.
*I have a job at the moment, Sunday is the only day I can fish but it's plenty of time to fish and show a few productive places.
*No 'Building my brand' overly social media types for wanting to fish these spots for some commercial purpose or will blow up spots. Few things annoy me more than hucksters peddling crap or overly self promoting their prowess on these easy fish. It's hard to explain.

Imo fishing for smallies will be best this weekend or next weekend but I'll take anyone when they can make it up here. From now to mid June is generally good on the rivers and June to mid August on the lakes for my abilities and preferences to fish for them at the moment.

Good luck.

P.s. If you want to bring a buddy or two that's cool but four people (including myself) on these small spots might be a little too much to fish at once.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Aux Pleins » May Wed 15, 2019 7:57 am

Good man catchafew :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby joetrain » May Wed 15, 2019 8:44 am

Pretty cool of you Mike. Too bad I live like a thousand miles away.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby SmalliesNEyes » May Wed 15, 2019 9:25 am

Very cool of you to do. :thumbup:
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby WanderOff09 » May Wed 15, 2019 11:06 am

This sounds like a great opportunity for the lucky winner.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby ganz1960 » May Wed 15, 2019 11:51 am

That's a heckuva offer. I'm about to submit 735 "cool of you to do" posts in this thread so I can be eligible.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby bobberwatcher » May Wed 15, 2019 11:58 am

I think you should make this a weekly thing and extend it to the fall. I work sundays till then :roll: wait- i probably don't have 700 posts. Anyhow, I think its a great idea!
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby catchafew » May Wed 15, 2019 4:09 pm

Still haven't reached a 7th request. Chicago style is vote early and often. So vote multiple times if you like.

Someone suggested I offer this weekly, I don't think that'll happen anytime soon. And if I did offer that I hope I'd be permanently kicked off the site. Lol

Part of the charm and success of some these places is 90%+ I have the place to myself with not another person within miles.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Rambler » May Thu 16, 2019 7:03 am

Where at? Knowing drive time would help.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby catchafew » May Thu 16, 2019 7:11 am

About 5.5 hours north of Chicago.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby billebob5 » May Thu 16, 2019 8:04 am

narrow it down to which county?
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby SmalliesNEyes » May Thu 16, 2019 8:20 am

catchafew wrote:About 5.5 hours north of Chicago.


You up near Boulder Junction? I may be up that way the end of June, so maybe we fish even though I didn't enter your contest. ;)
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby catchafew » May Thu 16, 2019 9:56 am

No 7th message yet from a member with 750+ posts.

Don't be shy, I don't care if we bumped heads on silly crap on the boards submit a request. We're just fishing together not trying to solve the world's problems.

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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby catchafew » May Thu 16, 2019 10:21 am

Brett is the winner. I'll pm you with my contact info.

Looking forward to fishing with you, hopefully the fish are in a good mood.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Brett » May Thu 16, 2019 11:13 am

Awesome, I look forward to meeting you. And thank you this is a really generous thing to do.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Brett » Jun Fri 07, 2019 9:18 am

We had a blast up there, thanks again Mike. Got into some teeth, plenty of smallies, almost sent my younger brother home from the bar with a local AARP member. I'll post a couple pics soon.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Brett » Jun Wed 12, 2019 11:00 am

Second cast of the trip.
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Last fish of the trip.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Aux Pleins » Jun Wed 12, 2019 12:09 pm

Camouflage helps because the fish can't see you. :D

Awesome fish Brett. Well done catchafew, well done. :clap:
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Phil6 » Jun Wed 12, 2019 1:23 pm

Brett wrote: Got into some teeth, plenty of smallies, almost sent my younger brother home from the bar with a local AARP member. I'll post a couple pics soon.



Love every word of this :lol:
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby polishfly » Jun Wed 12, 2019 1:37 pm

Solid!!!! Nicely done boys
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Woohoodude11 » Jun Wed 12, 2019 1:45 pm

Very, Very cool
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby Rambler » Jun Wed 12, 2019 3:24 pm

HOLY CRAP!!! Now that's some guiding.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby mike son » Jun Wed 12, 2019 8:04 pm

Nice fish! Nice gesture by you, catchaton :lol:
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby catchafew » Jun Wed 12, 2019 10:58 pm

Brent,

It was great fishing with you and your brother. I wish the fishing was better, the action was above average but I don't know if we caught more than 5 smallies that were legal size, no monster smallies came out to play.

It was pretty cool that I think on your second cast you caught that musky, that's why I bring that silly musky net. Brent is a big guy, I'm guessing around 6'3", so that's not a hammer handle he landed.

Most importantly you guys quickly figured out how to read these waters and on several occasions both of you were showing me how's it's done and changing up presentations to get the smallies going again.

Yeah some of the best parts of fishing trips is the weird and funny shit that happens off the water. Mrs. Stifler the bartender closing for the kill on your young, kind natured brother must have been missing footage from a David Lynch film. She's got amazing dentures and I'll say they contrasted nicely with her complexion that comes from long years of partying. Right away she's pushing for him and us to get more drinks, she was so pushy I thought I was at the Town Revue on Cicero as a youngster again. She was a really classy ring on every finger type of gal. Finally after she said for the 4th time to him "what do you want?" I yelled back to break the tension "He'd like to return home with both kidneys." to which she quickly replied and smiled to him "I can't give you kids, I'm fixed". She did name drop a few trout streams in my neck of the woods that only a insiders know so she did have redeamable qualities. I do regret your brother didn't take one for the team for some valuable intel.

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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby ganz1960 » Jun Thu 13, 2019 6:24 am

Hahahaha!!! Your description of Mrs. Stifler is great! Looks like fun fishing and a bonus Mrs. Stifler!
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby vman01 » Jun Thu 13, 2019 11:41 am

Nice looking water, great fishing and story to go with it. Sounds like to much fun to be had up there.
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Re: Free guided trip to the 7th message request

Postby badger75 » Jun Fri 14, 2019 1:01 pm

Very nice offer with a successful outcome.

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