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Post  WHL on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:42 am

Did anyone hear anything about the fishing derby. I heard the show hurt the turnout but other than that, not much. Obviously it hurt business too. Too bad. Just bad timing for the storm.
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Post  fshnski on Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:41 pm

MEREDITH - Mark Head of Meredith made history Sunday, winning the 2013 Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby by catching the largest white perch.

His victory marked the first in the history of the derby that an angler has won with anything other than a rainbow trout.

Under the old rules, the largest prizes went to the largest rainbow trout, but this year, derby organizers decided to hold a drawing among the anglers bringing in the top fish in all categories - lake trout, rainbow trout, white perch, yellow perch, cusk, pickerel, and black crappie.

It was Head's first derby victory. For his catch of a 2.76 white perch, caught on Big Squam Lake, he was entered into the final drawing. He couldn't believe his ears, he said, when his name was called for the top prize, $15,000 cash.

"I can't believe it," he said. When asked what he would do with the prize money, he answered, "I don't know yet."

Second place, a prize of $5,000, went to Lawrence Shipley of Belmont. Third place, $3,000, went to Thomas Knight of Hampton.

In past years, the top three prizes have been vehicles and fishing equipment. This year, having learned that some recent prize winners had sold their prizes for cash, and given the slow economy, derby organizers decided to award cash as prizes.
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Post  WHL on Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:21 pm

Did you enter in the derby, fish?
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Post  fshnski on Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:10 pm

Nope. Too busy pushing snow around.
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Post  WHL on Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:12 pm

Had you planned to enter, before the snow came, that is?
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Post  News Hawk on Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:15 pm

fshnski wrote:"... He couldn't believe his ears, he said, when his name was called for the top prize, $15,000 cash.

"I can't believe it," he said. When asked what he would do with the prize money, he answered, "I don't know yet."

He's got a boat—it'll be gone in short order!

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Post  WHL on Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:27 am

Yeah, how does that saying go? A boat is a hole in the water you pour money into. So true.
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Post  News Hawk on Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:30 pm

WHL wrote:Yeah, how does that saying go? A boat is a hole in the water you pour money into. So true.

BOAT= Break Out Another Thousand!

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Post  fshnski on Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:47 pm

WHL wrote:Had you planned to enter, before the snow came, that is?

Naw... I find it too hard to cast my fly into those little holes.
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Post  WHL on Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:40 pm

I think with a lot of people it is going out into their little bob houses and socializing as much as fishing!
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