Wind gusts exceeding 40 miles per hour and below-zero wind chills did not deter approximately 10,500 people from attending the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Saturday, Jan. 19.
The Jaycees report having more than $200,000 in prizes for the event. Proceeds from the event go to the Confidence Learning Center and other local charities.
According to the Extravaganza website, the contest raised $100,198 from the 2012 competition.
The contest kicked off with the national anthem and a canon fire at noon, marking the start of fishing. The line to the weigh-in tent grew steadily as the first fish were reeled in. The Jaycees reported a total of 551 fish registered at the weigh-in tent before the competition ended at 3 p.m.
This year the winner of the competition was Bror Linnerooth from Brainerd. He won with a 4.41-pound northern pike, which he caught with a hook and a fathead in 35 feet of water. Linnerooth won a Ford or GMC truck from Mills Auto Group.
Other local winners in the top 50 slots include Terri Wolf of Pequot Lakes, who was 23rd with a 1.3-pound walleye; Steven Hines, Nisswa, who was 26th with a 1.22-pound tullibee; Luther Wallin, Nisswa, 29th with a 1.15-pound walleye; Daniel Westholter, Lake Shore, 36th with a 1.06-pound walleye; Bruce Hines of Nisswa, 38th with a 1.06-pound tullibee; and Brandt Wolf, Pequot Lakes, 46th with a 0.95-pound walleye.
Find complete results online at http://pineandlakes.com/echo-news/2013-01-22/ice-fishing-extravaganza-results.