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Aaron Pappas holds an obviously well-fed northern pike he caught and released on a Park Rapids area lake last weekend. The bait that lured this big fish was something you're more likely to see at a baseball game than in a bait shop. (Jason Durham / For the Enterprise)

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Over the years, anglers gain information through experience and from other fisher-folk who aid in becoming more successful on the water.


Experience through trial and error is great, but it definitely takes time. Getting tips from others is a pretty simple way to learn. That's one reason fishing seminars, radio, TV and Internet programs, and fishing literature is so popular.

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