First America’s Ice Fishing Tournament a success for Brainerd Jaycees

First America’s Ice Fishing Tournament a success for Brainerd Jaycees

January 31, 2022 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkin@rjbroadcasting.com (2/1/22)

(Brainerd, MN) — The first America’s Ice Fishing Tournament hosted by the Brainerd Jaycees on January 22nd was a smashing success with over 800 participants and 1,300 fish registered through the FishDonkey app.

 Due to the success of last year’s virtual tournament, the Brainerd Jaycees organized a completely separate tournament from the annual Ice Fishing Extravaganza which drew 845 contestants from all over the country and 1,371 fish being registered.

David Groshong of Brainerd took home the grand prize with a 46.62 inch northern pike, placing him 210th spot on the leaderboard and decided to take home $25,000 over the new F-150 truck.

Based on the points value with the eligible species of fish, Gary Wiese of Idaho caught the biggest point-valued fish, a 14.75 inch perch, worth 99.48 points. The Brainerd Jaycees gave away 500 prizes throughout the 2,000 places eligible this past Saturday which was coupled by hourly giveaways on their Facebook page to create a “day-of” atmosphere.

David Groshong of Brainerd accepts the 425,000 prize
David Groshong’s and his 46.62 inch northern pike
Gary Wiese and 14.75 inch perch