Chad Schuab and Anthony Rodriguez traveled nearly 3,000 miles to participate in the North American Ice Fishing Circuit event at Hebgen Lake, and it was worth the trip.
Hailing from the Great Lakes State, Chad Schuab and Anthony Rodriguez headed all the way to Hebgen Lake, Montana to compete in the North American Ice Fishing Circuit event; and boy was it worth the drive.
The event took place last Sunday in which Chad Schuab and Anthony Rodriguez claimed first prize and a check for $5,000. Pulling in six fish with a combined weight of 11.99 pounds, the Michigan team securely won this North American Ice Fishing Circuit event.
"We hadn't done very much research other than the past tournaments they've had there," Rodriguez told reporters. "We figured if we caught six fish we'd be doing pretty decent. Some of the years looked like it was a struggle just to get six."
They caught the maximum limit in the first two hours, but decided to try their lucky at another fish to get their combined weight up. Rodriguez told reporters, "One was on the smaller side, maybe three quarters to a pound. We ended up switching spots and after probably 15 minutes Chad hooked into a 2.43 fish and upgraded us almost two pounds."
All the teams used artificial lures and bait to catch brown and rainbow trout.
Of the 80 teams in attendance, only eight were able to reach the maximum limit. Schaub told reporters of the different approach required to catch these fish,"We were fishing on a lake in a valley in the mountains. It was a lot of fun catching the trout, they're big and they fight really hard but man it was tough losing them at the hole."
Schaub and Rodriguez are on the road to the next North American Ice Fishing Circuit event, in Mitchell Lake, South Dakota, but they were warned about coming back to Montana.
"We had like a ten year old kid come over to us and tell us he's the next generation, that he'd beat us next year," Schaub told reporters.