1. MI: Two more ice fisherman lost on Saginaw Bay.
Their ATV broke through in just 4′, dangit. Just never know. RIP fishing brothers.
2. MN: $20K for the biggest fish caught…
…at the Fishing for Ducks tourney on Mille Lacs Feb 17. How much for the biggest duck? Seriously:
3. MI: Thornburg/Melson win $20K Midwest Open.
Joe Thornburg and Marcas Melson didn’t catch a duck (^^^), but they did catch a 10.35-lb bag of pannies — on MI’s Devils Lake — to take home the $20.3K payday. Congrats guys!
4. MN: Investigation into cheating at Extravaganza.
The $150K Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake. Not taking sides, here’s what the Star Tribune reported:
> Contest officials confirmed this week that they are investigating whether three men from OH legitimately caught the fish they say they did…earning 1st, 3rd and 98th places among the 150 prize winners.
> The truck’s title, as well as the check and the auger certificate are on hold until the 3 men pass lie detector tests [which they took on Monday].
Will keep you posted….
The event has raised more than $3.3 mil for charities since its founding. #Stout
5. OH: Walleye seminar raises $12,400 for charity.
Over 160 fish-heads attended the 7th annual Walleye Wisdom Seminar to learn about Lake Erie’s world-class walleye fishing and soak in a pile of info from pros Ryan Buddie, Gary and Nicholas Zart, Scott Geitgey and Mike Knippenberg. Did we mention they raised a ton of $$$ for St. Jude Children’s Hospital?
> “The sponsors of the event stepped up big time donating a lot of great product to the raffle and enabled the crew to raise the staggering figure of $12,400 for the kids of St. Jude.
> “A big shout out goes to Bob Luellen of World Wide Marine Insurance and Virgil Tent of the Lake Erie ‘Spring Fling’ Derby for shelling out a large undisclosed donation to add to pot for the kids of St. Jude.”
Impressive fellas! Thank YOU.
6. MB: 27 miles upriver from the nearest road?
Okay, you talked me into it [heart-eyes emoji]. Cool 2-min preview of Eagle Nest Lodge on the Winnipeg River. #allinclusive #gorging #hooksets
7. Okuma wins 2018 iF Design Award….
…with its purrrrtty new Epixor XT spinning reel. Check it:
Has “torsion control armor” that helps reduce line twist, and a slower oscillation system that helps to evenly lay the line on the spool (especially lighter braids). Which in English means less this:
Felt like it should cost a bunch more than $64.99. Check ’em out here.
8. WY/UT: Over 1,100 lbs of burbot pulled from…
…Lake Flaming Gorge during the 2018 Burbot Bash. An annual tourney to help rid the fishery of the “invasive species and voracious predator that eats sport fish that would otherwise be available for anglers to catch.”
Meanwhile over here in MN we celebrate the fish [see next news item]…
9. MN: No vehicle restrictions at Eeelpout Festival.
Been vehicle restrictions the last couple years thanks to thinner-than-normal ice. This year just need to park ice-houses and campers at least 15′ from each other.
10. IA: Shacks must be removed by Feb 20.
Seems like the ice season has barely begun!
11. Northland Glo-Shot Spoon freeze test (video).
Love fish-nerdy tests like this. Can say I’ve had ’em glowing for 5+ days in my rod case in the garage after using ’em. If you’ve never seen ’em, they look like this:
12. How to put the K-Drill on a StrikeMaster powerhead (video).
You don’t need any special adapters to throw a K-Drill on your StrikeMaster power head, just need to slide that foam back…. Surprise! Don’t worry, I didn’t know either until I dug into it.
13. Costa goes with Gunpowder agency.
Same marketing magicians working with Humminbird, Minn Kota, Cabela’s, GoPro, Under Armour and others.
14. Merc gets new agreement with union.
15. Mega Rapala giveaway $$$.
Holy prize list, Batman:
> Grand prize-winner will receive a StrikeMaster Honda 35cc LITE 8″ Auger, a MarCum M1 Lithium Shuttle Combo, a Polaris Generator P1000i, a Rapala Lithium ION Cordless Fillet Knife Combo, Rapala apparel and a $500 Rapala VIP Merchandise Credit Card redeemable at Rapala.com.
Takes 10 seconds to enter, which you can do right here. #Dibs