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Stanford
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05/17/2024 11:43AM  
Does anybody know if it should be an issue getting leeches in Ely in the next few weeks? I sometimes pick up bait in Duluth, but would rather spend the money in town if I can.
 
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05/17/2024 12:54PM  
Arrowhead Outdoors should be able to take care of you.
 
cwallace
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05/20/2024 03:02PM  
I've been burned more than once waiting until Ely to get bait. If in doubt get it ahead or be prepared to go without.
 
05/20/2024 04:40PM  
bfurlow: "Arrowhead Outdoors should be able to take care of you. "

+1... and Steve is a great guy to get to know.
 
Jackfish
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05/20/2024 04:57PM  
cwallace: "I've been burned more than once waiting until Ely to get bait. If in doubt get it ahead or be prepared to go without. "

Buy in Ely if at all possible. Call a bait shop ahead of time to verify they have what you need so you don't get "burned".
 
cwallace
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05/20/2024 05:15PM  
Jackfish: "
cwallace: "I've been burned more than once waiting until Ely to get bait. If in doubt get it ahead or be prepared to go without. "

Buy in Ely if at all possible. Call a bait shop ahead of time to verify they have what you need so you don't get "burned"."


What do you suggest a guy do when you check in a week ahead of time, and then call night before, offer to pay ahead of time. The response is no we'll have plenty left tomorrow and get there at 9 am the next day and they are out?

Or when you ask for redtails and they say they got them, and you get there and its 3-inch fatheads lol.
 
nooneuno
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05/20/2024 09:00PM  
cwallace: "
Jackfish: "
cwallace: "I've been burned more than once waiting until Ely to get bait. If in doubt get it ahead or be prepared to go without. "

Buy in Ely if at all possible. Call a bait shop ahead of time to verify they have what you need so you don't get "burned"."



What do you suggest a guy do when you check in a week ahead of time, and then call night before, offer to pay ahead of time. The response is no we'll have plenty left tomorrow and get there at 9 am the next day and they are out?


Or when you ask for redtails and they say they got them, and you get there and its 3-inch fatheads lol. "


get to the bait shop in the morning, In the BWCA world Getting to the bait shop at 9 AM is like the afternoon
 
cwallace
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05/21/2024 06:42AM  
nooneuno: "
cwallace: "
Jackfish: "
cwallace: "I've been burned more than once waiting until Ely to get bait. If in doubt get it ahead or be prepared to go without. "

Buy in Ely if at all possible. Call a bait shop ahead of time to verify they have what you need so you don't get "burned"."




What do you suggest a guy do when you check in a week ahead of time, and then call night before, offer to pay ahead of time. The response is no we'll have plenty left tomorrow and get there at 9 am the next day and they are out?



Or when you ask for redtails and they say they got them, and you get there and its 3-inch fatheads lol. "



get to the bait shop in the morning, In the BWCA world Getting to the bait shop at 9 AM is like the afternoon"


Yes I’ll leave my house at midnight going forward to make sure that doesn’t happen again…..or I can just support a local to me bait shop as well. Point being there is a lot of items to get in Ely if you forget or want to support small business. If they are out of bait and it’s something you want/can’t live without. Your next options to get bait is 60+ minutes each way to get bait.
 
05/21/2024 09:40AM  
I am near Duluth and leeches have not been abundant. No jumbos in the area as far as I can tell. We weren't even able to buy a full pound of larges at our normal shop. Hopefully you can find what you are looking for.
 
Stanford
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05/21/2024 11:27AM  
yes, thats what I was getting wind of as far as availability went.. it was really hit or miss.
 
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