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What's Up Outdoors: Fishing fever has begun

Usually when Camp Ripley is busy with thousands of people it's troops training or law enforcement learning new procedures. But last weekend it was hosting the Ripley Rendezvous. Put on by the Boy Scouts of America, there was a lot of things to do...

Boy Scouts from the state swarmed to Camp Ripley to learn tips like angling from area pros last weekend. Submitted
Boy Scouts from the state swarmed to Camp Ripley to learn tips like angling from area pros last weekend. Submitted

Usually when Camp Ripley is busy with thousands of people it's troops training or law enforcement learning new procedures. But last weekend it was hosting the Ripley Rendezvous. Put on by the Boy Scouts of America, there was a lot of things to do for the 4,000-plus Scouts attending. Myself, Jeremy Smith and Ryan Dechaine were there from Brainerd; as well as fisherman from all over Minnesota; and, of course, Col. Scott St. Sauver was there with his freshly wrapped DAV Ranger Boat.

We were all there to help out with a kids fishing program called Future Angler program. Fishing clinics like this one are put on all over the U.S. thanks to the National Professional Angler Association. We had a few different stations which included casting, lure and presentation techniques, minnow and fish tanks and knot tying. I will admit pretty much all the Scouts knew a lot more about knot tying than I did. And of course they got to check out all the boats. I know I can speak for all of us anglers there when I say it was as much fun for us as it was for the Scouts.

My turkey is in the freezer as well as a good supply of Morel mushrooms, so now it's fishing time. Next weekend is the 2015 Minnesota Fishing Challenge at Cragun's resort on Gull Lake, so you still have time to sign up. Go to www.mntc.org .

Also on June 20, the Camp Confidence Fishing Classic will once again be held at Madden's on Gull Lake. This will be a busy weekend because this year, it will be followed by the Drevnick Memorial Tournament. Hope to see you at one or all these great events to support some great causes.

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