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Bigger and Better: Ice fishing tourney on Little Detroit

Break out the rod and reel; it's time to fish. Or it will be by February, anyway.

After the success of last year's Poles 'N Holes Fishing Derby ---- over 700 fishermen and women showed up for the event -- the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary is gearing up to do it again in February.

This year's goal is 1,000 people out fishing, vying for prizes.

"The biggest variable is the weather, obviously," said co-organizer Nate Hunter.

Last year, the temperature was around 40 degrees.

Tickets are available as of today (Sunday) for $35 and can be purchased online at, from any Breakfast Rotarian or at Quality Bait and Tackle, Nereson Chevrolet Cadillac or Lakes Sport Shop.

Organizers Breanna Adams and Hunter promise even bigger and better prizes this year -- and more of them.

"Sponsorship money came easier this year," Hunter said. "Because of the success of last year, people were more apt to give."

The grand prize for the biggest fish again this year is either $10,000 or a two-year lease on a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado truck from Nereson. There have been more prizes added to the list as well.

Hunter said there are more fishing-related prizes this year. Some of those include an Aqua Vu Micro, several ice augers, gift certificates for Lakes Sport Shop and Quality Bait and Tackle, Vexilar handheld sonar LPS, Astro start, cash, stays at Edgewater and many more.

There will also be a raffle during the fishing derby, with prizes such as a 46-inch television, Polaris 4-wheeler, portable fish house, augers and cash. Raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased from Breakfast Rotarians or at Lakes Sport Shop and Nereson.

The contest will be held at the same location as last year -- the north side of Little Detroit Lake off the Rossman Avenue public access on Feb. 11. Gates open for the contest at 9 a.m., but the derby itself runs from noon to 3 p.m.

Last year, over 100 fish were caught during the contest. Gabe Dretsch took home the grand prize for biggest catch.

While the derby isn't for a couple months yet, buy early because tickets purchased by Feb. 1 have a chance at a $500 drawing.

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