WDAY.com

WDAZ: Your Home Team

Published January 28, 2012, 05:32 PM

Devils Lake Ice Fishers Cast Away in Annual Tournament

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - Some die-hard ice anglers headed out to Devils Lake for the 28th annual Ice Fishing Tournament. The Volunteer Fire Department sponsors the event every year.

DEVILS LAKE (WDAZ-TV) - Some die-hard ice anglers headed out to Devils Lake for the 28th annual Ice Fishing Tournament.

The Volunteer Fire Department sponsors the event every year.

Locals, Minot, and Grand Forks fishers took part. Even fishers from across the 'big' pond, known as the Atlantic come to cast a line and hopefully reel in the grand prize.

"It's like christmas its like a family event. There's anywhere from 15 to 20 of us out here there's obviously 4 of us out here right now getting the holes all ready while the rest of us is making the turtle back and coffee and chocolate milk to bring out here," said 21 year veteran, Curt Laternereffe.

This year was the biggest turnout yet. The lake opened at 11AM and it was like black friday on ice to race to one of the 5,500 ice holes. But this year, first place isn't the winner.

"It makes it for a very interesting tournament, they're not fishing for 1st, they're fishing for second," said Fishing Tournament Co-Chair, Jim Moe.

It's all about the size of the fish. Some people prep for months for the two hour tournament but others were talked into it.

"He said he bought me a ticket a long time ago and he said I'm going fishing so I guess I'm going fishing," said rookie fisherman, Eric Laudenschlader.

The tournament isn't just for fishing vets, first timers like me also have a shot at the grand prize.

"Can bring a little kid out here, have a fun family day or you can bring what the experts think they know it all and you can watch a kid beat them out so that's awesome," said Moe.

Some local Grand Forks folks brought some good luck charms along.

"I'd really like to catch a fish, catch a fish and just win something," said Grand Forks fishers, Gary and Shelly.

Anglers have to keep in mind, at the end of the day first place doesn't win.

Tags: