Mild Weather Brings Thousands of Anglers to Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Mild Weather Brings Thousands of Anglers to Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza


>>>IT WAS ALL ABOUT THE TOP PRIZES OVER THE WEEKEND AT THE 30TH ANNUAL BRAINERD JAYCEES ICE FISHING EXTRAVAGANZA. THE MILD DAY BROUGHT THOUSANDS OF ANGLERS TO GULL LAKE TO COMPETE AT THE WORLD’S LARGEST FISHING CONTEST WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO CHARITY. CHANTELLE CALHOUN HAS THE STORY.>>IT WAS THE 30TH YEAR FOR THE LARGELY RECOGNIZED ICE FISHING CONTEST, ON A CLOUDY 30-DEGREE DAY. SPECTATORS FROM ALL OVER CAME TO JOIN IN THE FESTIVITIES.>>THIS IS OUR 30TH ANNUAL. THIS HAS GOT TO BE TOP FIVE FOR WEATHER, AMAZING DAY, GREAT WEATHER. EVEN THURSDAY AND FRIDAY LEADING UP TO IT, WE SET UP ALL OUR TENTS, SNOW FENCING, ALL OF OUR LOGISTICAL ITEMS. BEEN AMAZING.>>THE SNOW IS SLUSHY. THE BAIT WAS READY. STILL SOME ANGLERS WERE WAITING FOR THEIR FIRST BITE.>>I’VE HAD ONE BITE RIGHT WHEN WE GOT HERE EARLY THIS MORNING BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT EVEN STARTED.>>THROUGHOUT THE CONTEST, WITH OVER 800 FISH CAUGHT, IN THE LEAD WAS 8.29 WITH A 3.58 WALLEYE COMING UP FROM BEHIND.>>SO THAT HAPPENED PROBABLY IF I REMEMBER RIGHT RIGHT AROUND 1:30, BIG FISH, AND I’VE GOT A LITTLE BIT MORE INFORMATION JUST A FEW MINUTES AGO. AND I HEARD THAT HE WAS FISHING VERY SHALLOW, WAY UP IN THE NORTHEAST CORNER OF THE CONTEST.>>SOME OF THE BIG PRIZES INCLUDE A FORD F-150 TRUCK, 4 WHEEL AND ADDITIONAL OUTDOOR GEAR. FIRST AND SECOND PLACE WINNERS RECEIVED TOP PRIZES.>>I KEPT TENSION ON IT. REELING IT UP. I WASN’T PAYING ATTENTION. I DIDN’T HAVE ANY IDEA HOW BIG IT WAS UNTIL THE HEAD CAME IN THE ICE, YOU KNOW, THE HOLE, AND THEN I WAS LIKE OKAY. LIKE I SAID AT MY TALK UP THERE, A COUPLE OF MY BUDDIES HELPED ME GET IT OUT, THROW IT ON THE SNOW AND THE REST IS HISTORY I GUESS.>>WARREN ARNOLD WHO IS THE WINNER CAUGHT THE BIGGEST FISH WHICH WAS AN 8 POUND. HE SAYS IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE.>>SHE HELPED ME GET IT OUT OF THE HOLE AND SHE SAW HOW BIG IT WAS. SHE HAD TO HAVE BOTH HANDS IN THE HOLE TO PULL THIS FISH OUT OF THE HOLE. WHEN I GOT IT OUT, I GRABBED HOLD OF IT AND LIFTED IT UP IN THE AIR AND SCREAMED. EVERYBODY AROUND JUST WENT CRAZY — WENT CRAZY.>>WARREN SAYS IT WAS HIS FIRST TIME ICE FISHING, BUT AFTER HIS SUCCESS, HE PLANS TO RETURN NEXT YEAR. REPORTING IN NISSWA, CHANTELLE CALHOUN, LAKELAND NEWS.>>THE BRAINERD JAYCEES HAVE DONATED MORE THAN 4 MILLION TO CHARITY WITH MOST OF THE PROCEEDS GOING TO THE CONFIDENCE LEARNING CENTER THAT HELPS INDIVIDUALS WITH COGNITIVE AND

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