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Published May 08 2009

Governor's guide for opener confident he'll get Pawlenty a fish

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. - Gov. Tim Pawlenty's guide says he's confident he'll help Pawlenty land a fish during this weekend's Governor's Fishing Opener.

Dennis Merry of Hugo will take Pawlenty and his wife, Mary Pawlenty, out on White Bear Lake at 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

Merry says the early start should help Pawlenty land a walleye on the ``really clear' lake. He says White Bear Lake is known as a ``night-bite lake.'

Merry, 33, says he fishes White Bear Lake four to five times a week, both in summer and winter.

Pawlenty has a string of catching at least one fish at each Governor's Fishing Opener.

It's the first time in the 61-year history of the Governor's Fishing Opener that the event has been held on a metro lake.

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