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Pro angler hooked on walleye seminars

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When it comes to fishing, Scott Fairbairn isn’t a fan of winter.

The professional walleye angler was hoping to take a run on Rainy River if it wasn’t for the recent punch of winter in the area.

“That’s too bad about that storm, I was hoping to do a little fishing afterwards,” said Fairbairn from his Walker, Mn., home.

The 29-year-old Twin Cities native will be in town to give two separate seminars at the Pinewood Sports and Marine sports showroom tomorrow.

Admission is free but seating is limited. Door prizes include fish lines and bungee leech power bait packages will be available. Two rod and reel packages (one for each seminar) from Rainy Lake Sports and Tackle will be the grand prize draws.

The first seminar, starting at 2 p.m., will focus on applied walleye tactics--how certain techniques apply to certain structures.

The second one which starts at 6:30 p.m. will look at the “Four cornerstones for walleye success.”

“For this, I take all of the different techniques I’ve learned and compact them for easy fishing,” he said of his upcoming first seminars in town.

A six-year pro, Fairbairn was the 1998 Professional Walleye Trail Angler of the Year and travels around the country giving seminars during the winter--or his “off-season.”

“[Giving seminars is] absolutely something I enjoy. I like any opportunity to talk fishing with fellow anglers,” said Fairbairn, whose been to Fargo, Duluth and places in Omaha over the last month.

“I still find I’m always learning something too,” he added.

While the closest he’s come to angling professionally in the area was a win at a pro derby off Lake of the Woods two years ago, Fairbairn said he often fishes around the district.

“I’ve fished Rainy River quite a bit,” he said. “It’s a beautiful place to fish. I can go to lots of other places but they’re usually not that pleasant, visually.”

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