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Minnesota Hosts World’s Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest

Brainerd Jaycee’s $150,000 ice fishing contest kicks off Saturday, January 25, 2014 in Minnesota.

The ice fishing contest to end all ice fishing contests is going down this weekend, with Gull Lake as the spot where 10,000-plus anglers will try for a shot at the winnings.

“The weather leading up to this day has been perfect for the upcoming contest, the ticket sales have been great, and we are ready to go,” said Matt Castle, event chairperson, in the official news release. Completely volunteer-driven, the contest gathers ice fishermen and women from all over the country to compete for prizes like a new Ford or GMC 4×4 pickup, Arctic Cat ATVS, Ice Castle Fish Houses and plenty of other gear, with no single prize totaling less than $250.

Proceeds are donated to area non-profits, including the Confidence Learning Center as the main beneficiary. Also called Camp Confidence, the charity organization is an outdoor center for people with developmental disabilities. They promote self-confidence and self-esteem, and the necessary skills to become full, contributing members of society.

The event takes 3 days to set up on location, where Gull Lake will become the third largest city in Crow Wing County for the duration of the contest. Around 20,000 pre-drilled holes are available for participants, eliminating the need for ice augers or strategic placements of dropped lines.

Related story: How To Stay Safe While Ice Fishing

The Brainerd Jaycees are a community and leadership development program helping men and women ages 18 to 40 improve their lives and those around them. The organization was founded in 1939 and has grown to more than 130 members in the Brainerd Lakes area.

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Minnesota Hosts World’s Largest Charitable Ice Fishing Contest