1. MN: “Daytona 500 of ice fishing.”
Happenin’ Jan 27 on Gull Lake (Nisswa). Can expect 10,000+ people to fish for a chance at the $150K in prizes. Heck of the time if you’re into this kind of thing:
One guy you won’t see there:
And if you don’t win the Brainerd tourney….
Check the Poles ‘N Holes ice derby in Detroit Lakes Feb 10. They expect ’round 1,500-ish anglers and have a heck of a prize-to-participant ratio (which is a real made-up thing).
2. MB: Does Aikens Lake have big everything (video)?
Would you rather catch a:
A) 33.5″ walleye,
B) 49″ northern pike, or
C) 44.25″ lake trout
Those are the actual “lake records” at Aikens Lake, Manitoba. Think I’m gonna have to go with D) All the above lol.
Found myself using it WAY more often than other units — probably 10x as much — because it has a reel system for cranking up the cord = no wet hands. Slick:
Promise to finally start playing ’round with the built-in DVR so I can share some fishin’ clips with ya….
7. Confirmed: Joel Nelson is a nerd.
Known for awhile now, but felt I had to announce it publicly seeing as it was stated in this Star Tribune article about 17 times.
If you read these TWI emails — or basically any sort of walleye- or ice-fishing media — then you’ve likely seen/heard of Joel. Learn a little more about who he is and how he got there in this write-up. Still can’t believe you said you were only 38, dude! (Lol)
8. Johnny Morris wants Cabela’s execs to pony up…
…some of their payout $$$ for Cabela’s employees who will lose their jobs. Says he will match their contributions up to $10 mil.
9. Distributor Big Rock will only have 1 show next year.
10. MN: Brainerd Lakes Chapter of Muskies Inc…
…are having their annual sportsman’s (and sportswoman’s) banquet Feb 17. Believe it or not: I gave an “ice fishing for burbot” presentation at their meeting last month and they didn’t kick me out.