KIPLING - The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area's fifth annual Jig It Ice Fishing tournament was successful - 560 participants turned out for the fund-raising event.
About 34 fish were caught Saturday. The $5,000 winning fish was hooked by Jerry Holm of Rapid River.
According to Tanya Schuster, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area, weather played a large part in Saturday's turnout. There were approximately 18 inches of ice on the bay.
Fishermen hit the ice for the annual Jig It fund-raiser.
"Last year, the weather was a large factor also. We had to check with the sheriff's department before heading out (thin ice was a concern). This year, it was beautiful weather, with plenty of good ice, so more people I believe felt comfortable coming out onto the ice," said Schuster.
She said while the exact amount raised by the event has yet to be tallied, on average, the annual event raises between $8,000 and $10,000. The funds are used for programs provided by the non-profit organization.
Other winners in Saturday's event include;
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area’s fifth annual “Jig It” Ice Fishing Tournament held Saturday on Little Bay de Noc was a huge success. According to event organizers, 560 people turned out for the event. (Courtesy photo)
Ed Sanville, right, Gladstone, works to light a portable propane heater, while son, Brody, watches intently for a bite through the ice. (Daily Press photo by Dionna Harris)
Tim Keaneally - Jiffy power ice auger; Mark LaPorte - Garmin GPS; Mike Mills -two man portable shelter; Ben Synder - power ice auger; Ismael Lopez - $100 gas gift certificates; Jon Fuchs - Mr. Buddy heater; Jordyn Hardy - Jig It ice fishing package; David Riley - Garmin GPS; Todd Nelson - ice fishing package with $100 GC Riverland Taxidermy; Jason Pepin - Bark River knife package; Kaden Watt - portable shelter; Lindsey Pepin - Mr. Buddy heater; Collen Klingshm - handheld GPS; Josh Lancour - Bayshore Bait and Tackle fishing package; Richard Hood - Mr. Buddy heater package; Jason Lopez - Bark River knife package; Jamie Decker - Bayshore Bait and Tackle fishing package; Tara Bruce - Garmin GPS; and Brad Vandamme - power ice auger.