BRAINERD, Minn. -- Call them the truly fishing faithful: 11,000 spreading across Hole in the Day Bay, braving wind chills of about 20 below zero, competing for prizes in an ice-fishing extravaganza for charity.
Here, hope springs eternal
from holes drilled through as much as two feet of ice. Matt Erickson's been
trying for years to catch his first fish.
Lesson one: cold weather fishing fashion is all about hats of all sizes and species, said Aaron Krepel, who wears a coyote hat to keep warm.
Joe Goble, a machinist from the local area, knew enough to bring out his Barcalounger.
"You just tuck back and the wind will kind of go around you," said Goble.
When someone actually
caught a fish, it was rushed to the weighing tent because the biggest fish
The grand prize: a brand-new pickup.
Karsky doesn't mind if people laugh at him for fishing out in the cold.
"They can laugh all day, I got a new truck," said Karsky.
For the losers, there's always next year and a belief in that old fishing saying about patience: good things come to those who bait.