Mother Nature cooperating for the tourney
– By Katie Zerr
Mother Nature has had a change of heart and is cooperating with Mobridge Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Committee officials to create a near perfect environment for the annual ice fishing tournament here Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
There are 500 two-person teams registered to fish in the 2014 event, one of the largest ice fishing tournaments in the nation. Forecasters say the weather on Saturday should be sunny, with light winds and temperatures between 35 and 38 degrees above zero.
It begins Thursday, Jan. 9, with the Ice Fishing Expo at Scherr-Howe Arena from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. and again on Friday, Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The expo is open to the public and anglers who are fishing the tourney. Those attending the expo will receive a passport that they need to get signed at each booth. That passport will turned in for a chance at winning a raffle prize of a Vexilar Double Vision Graph.
The rules meeting will be on Friday, Jan. 10, at Scherr-Howe Event Center.
The teams registered hit the ice on Saturday, Jan 11, with $175,000 in prizes on the line. Prizes include a $20,000 Custom Cottage Shack; three Honda 4-Wheelers, a 2013 Bobcat Side-By-Side, an Aluma Trailer, $2,500 in Runnings merchandise, $2,500 in Scheels gear, 20 Strikemaster Augers, 20 Vexilar Graphs, 12 Flat Screen TVs, 10 Clam Shacks and 10 iPads plus many more prizes.
The anglers will take off by 9 a.m. Saturday morning after receiving their tournament buckets from volunteers at the Midwest Beverage (Coca Cola building) on U.S. Highway 12. Anglers can fish from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Weigh-ins will be held at Beadle Chevrolet, west of Mobridge, beginning at 4 p.m. All anglers must be checked in by 7 p.m.
The doors at Scherr-Howe Event Center will be open by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday for the prize awards. Raffle winners will be announced throughout the evening.