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Todd Maas of Duluth caught this 26-inch walleye Saturday on the St. Louis River during Minnesota's fishing opener. Maas used a bottom-bouncing rig with a spinner and a night crawler. He and his friends began fishing at 4 a.m. with jigs and minnows. Sam Cook/

Hooked on the St. Louis River

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ON THE ST. LOUIS RIVER, DULUTH -- The dark shape of three human forms loomed in the blackness at Boy Scout Landing shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday. The temperature was 41. A steady drizzle fell from unseen skies.


"Call us crazy," said Duluth's Marty Durfee, one of the shadowy forms, "but here we are."

Durfee, who has been fishing the river since his childhood, doesn't like opening-day crowds at boat landings, and this was opening day of Minnesota's 2009 fishing season.

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