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#2538876 - 03/21/11 11:45 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: lispeej]
lispeej Offline
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Anybody have a chritiansen seine net or comparable that they are no longer using and have upgrade to a newer one and want to sell their old one? Must be in good condition.
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#2538973 - 03/21/11 01:09 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: lispeej]
Northlander Offline

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Good luck with that one man. Once you go Christiansen with a sock you dont go back! wink

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#2539257 - 03/21/11 06:39 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Northlander]
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I think you all need to get off the pipe if you are talking about smelting
already!!!!!!!!!.
Nothing wrong with smelt uncleaned. Heads, tails, guts as long as they are fried crispy. Come down to the bridge and eat some smelt on the stick cooked over an open fire, uncleaned.
Its the people that complain about going home and cleaning smelt that gets me. What we do, go home and rinse them off and then freeze without cleaning. Then thaw and clean and cook. Does not seem to effect the fish. See everybody on the point in about 1 month.>>>>later the load
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#2539263 - 03/21/11 06:44 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: loadmaster]
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I should have added this before, but when the smelt are running, and since I am running 3 Christens nets, you are more than welcome to come down to the bridge and use my net to get a few smelt>>>>later the load
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#2539515 - 03/22/11 07:03 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: loadmaster]
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Hey Load,
Folks need something to talk about as we wait for the Smelt run to get closer!! I'll stick to cleaning my Smelt before I consume them. I try not to complain about cleaning them until at least the 3rd or 4th five gallon bucket. grin

As always I'm open to meeting up with others and sharing the use of my Christiansen Seine.

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#2539827 - 03/22/11 11:02 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: lispeej]
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Originally Posted By: lispeej
I want to thank the locals ahead of time for all the extra work they do with keeping us posted with reports. It saves people alot of time and money, especially with the uprising gas prices.


I hear ya man. We will do our best to keep everyone up to date. Between BD110 and myself I think we got it covered.

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#2539836 - 03/22/11 11:06 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: BD110]
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Hey Load just get the mail out on time would ya! grin
Its that time of year where boredom really takes over and smelting and shore fishing is really all we have to talk about. Well and the Twin Ports Walleye Association Tournament May 21/22 that you need to get signed up for. wink
See ya on the beach man.
I will also clean my smelt before eating them. Dip in Shorelunch Beer Batter and YUMMMYYYYY!!

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#2540059 - 03/22/11 01:59 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: BD110]
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How much and where are u guys buying your christiansen nets for/from?
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#2540105 - 03/22/11 02:33 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: lispeej]
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Originally Posted By: lispeej
How much and where are u guys buying your christiansen nets for/from?


Goggle this and you should find the info you're looking for.

(H. Christiansen Co.) - We Specialize in Custom Made Nets

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#2540155 - 03/22/11 03:11 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: BD110]
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We buy them from Christiansen nets themselves and prices vary with what you get. I highly suggest a sock. Its been so long I cant remember what I paid for mine.

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#2540278 - 03/22/11 05:11 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: BD110]
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I have 3 christensen sains with the big basket if you need one I could part with two of them. I am not getting bait any more so no need to have three? But one for fun and to get a good meal just send me a pm. they did there job heck next to free just let me now. But there are a lot of FM's with good nets and willing to share. Every year BD110 is always willing to help people out I would take him up on it he is always there to help out and tell you the right way to pull. Take Him up on his offer you will be happy you did.

Tom pfister
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#2540292 - 03/22/11 05:27 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: SKIPPERS KID]
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Hey Tom...PM sent (maybe...not sure how to use that feature) or give me a call please @ 218-428-6258 thanks:)
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#2540298 - 03/22/11 05:30 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: traveler]
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PM sent to skippers kid.
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#2540330 - 03/22/11 06:11 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: loadmaster]
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Originally Posted By: loadmaster
What we do, go home and rinse them off and then freeze without cleaning. Then thaw and clean and cook. Does not seem to effect the fish.>>>>later the load


I've froze panfish and northerns whole and cleaned them after thawing without problem. Never tried with smelt. Do they stay firm when you do this? Would sure be nice cleaning them a pack at a time when I eat them rather than staying up all night cleaning when smelting! I'd probably do a better job of cleaning.


Edited by Bowfin (03/22/11 06:13 PM)
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#2540859 - 03/23/11 10:34 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Bowfin]
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Truthfully I find smelt that have been frozen not as good as fresh smelt. Yes I will eat them but not as many as fresh smelt. Im like that with any fish. I much prefer to eat them the day or day after I catch them.

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#2541431 - 03/23/11 07:21 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Northlander]
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Right out of the water and in the mouth they go.

There once was a time I thought I was wrong . But then found out I was only mistaken.
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#2541594 - 03/24/11 04:15 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: ripstick]
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Typically I'll clean about 2 gallons, refrigerate them and have them eaten in 5 days.
Yes fresh is better then frozen but if you want a smelt feed later on you have no choice but to freeze them and they are still pretty darn good.
I freeze my smelt whole and have been doing that for decades. Use ziplocks or milk cartoons and add water to force out the air.
I clean them after they thaw. Maybe I'll try deep frying some whole for myself but will definitely sort out the plump females.

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#2542503 - 03/24/11 07:42 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Northlander]
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Hear ya on the bordom Heading up to Leech Sunday and hunt for some Tullies. Ice fishing is far from over. With this weather, we will be smelting in late May. I should not say this, but Mrs Smelt King dragged the nets out and was sewing them up yesterday. Talked to Dave N. and signed up. Now if I can just get off. This sounds like a good deal and a fun time>>>>later the load
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#2543908 - 03/26/11 08:10 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: loadmaster]
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The Smelt run can't come soon enough. I just fried up my last food sealed bag of Smelt from the 2010 season last night. I brought a nice big container to work today to enjoy as well. grin

For the record my Smelt had their heads and insides removed and they were just fine if you ask me!! I'll let someone else try the natural method. wink

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#2544081 - 03/26/11 11:10 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: loadmaster]
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Originally Posted By: loadmaster
Hear ya on the bordom Heading up to Leech Sunday and hunt for some Tullies. Ice fishing is far from over. With this weather, we will be smelting in late May. I should not say this, but Mrs Smelt King dragged the nets out and was sewing them up yesterday. Talked to Dave N. and signed up. Now if I can just get off. This sounds like a good deal and a fun time>>>>later the load


Nice to see you signed up for the Twin Ports Walleye Association Load its set to be a very good time and the fishing should be good too. wink I hope you get the weekend off to fish the Tourney with us.

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#2548225 - 03/30/11 09:00 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Northlander]
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It's nice to see everyone all hyped up for the smelt run. You guys are getting me excited! I bought a Christensen net last year and it cost about $150. Not cheap but it sure worked! Anyhow, I custom made one out of two nylon?? 5'x10' with a "sock" and this one works great! Got it at fleet farms. Mainly because it is a lighter material and it has less drag through the water.
I'm all ready for this year's action. Anyhow, keep us posted! I'm from the Cities so you guys are my number one source of info when it comes to knowing when the run is taking place. See ya.

- AL


Edited by Lhmoobvaj (03/30/11 09:02 PM)
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#2548704 - 03/31/11 11:42 AM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Lhmoobvaj]
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The nylon will be ok but not what the Christiansen is. If you use it add plenty of weight to the bottom because that light nylon meshing tends to lift and blow back when pulling especially if you sewed a sock into it. Anythings better than nothing though.

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#2548735 - 03/31/11 12:20 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Northlander]
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Loadmaster and others. Might take you up on the use of those nets. Haven't been smelting in many years but used to have a blast in the 60's and 70's when they were running strong. What bridge do you guys fish under now?
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#2548938 - 03/31/11 04:08 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Mnfisher]
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We mostly pull the nets on the lakeshore of Park Point. Read above and I think BD110 listed areas to try.

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#2550046 - 04/01/11 07:58 PM
Re: 2011 Smelt Run [Re: Northlander]
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smelt = cohos. let me know become i will get up early and cast from the canal area or from the beach.

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