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Burnie Trepanier of Bemidji landed a winter fishing rod and reel, a bird's nest of braided line, a 28-inch walleye and a 6-pound eelpout all on the same hook set Wednesday morning along the Diamond Point Bar of Lake Bemidji. He plans to have a mount made to remember the experience. Pioneer Photo | Monte Draper

HOOK, LINE AND ... Bemidji man pulls up rod, walleye and eelpout


When Burnie Trepanier's rattle reel sounded and his line slowly sank under the ice about 8 a.m. Wednesday, the veteran ice angler was excited. Years of staring down a hole had taught Trepanier how to read a bite and the best way to react.

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Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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