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Shown is lead melting in a pan over a two-burner propane stove. At right is a sinker mold heating up to help the lead flow as it is poured.

Fiscal fishing: Pouring sinkers both easy, economical

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Besides dealing with the occasional flood, living in the Red River Valley has its perks. For starters, the fertile waters of the north-bound river are teeming with life; giant channel catfish, in particular.


Fishermen looking for a drag-peeling tussle need look no further than these whiskered behemoths, which average in the mid-teens and have been known to push 30 pounds.

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