Detroit Lakes hosts Team Extreme Ice Fishing TournamentDetroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - In the North, ice fishing is practically a way of life for many people.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Detroit Lakes, MN (WDAY TV) - In the North, ice fishing is practically a way of life for many people.
But while most of us head out on the ice just for fun, some take it a bit more seriously.
"I'm a pretty competitive guy. He is too."
Brett Johnson and Justin Nieland are a different breed of ice angler.
For them, it's not just a relaxing afternoon on the ice - far from it.
Brett Johnson/Ice Angler: "It's stressful, when you think about it. I usually don't sleep the week before. I get pretty serious about it."
To make sure they are fully prepared, they use special rods designed for ice fishing, gadgets to find the fish.
And for that extra edge, they do a lot more of what they call "pre-fishing."
Justin Nieland/Ice Angler: "We look at maps and stuff."
This weekend, the duo took to the Team Extreme Ice Fishing Tournament in Detroit Lakes.
After all that preparation and a long day of fishing, it's all about the weigh-in.
Tad Westermann/Team Extreme Tournaments: "This is only our second year doing this, so we're hoping it grows."
Johnson and Nieland must be doing something right - they won the tournament with a total of 11 pounds and two ounces of fish in their bucket.
Johnson: Why do you do it? "I don't know, to be honest. No, it's a blast, I love it."
The top 25 teams from each Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa will participate in the national competition on Lake Minnewauska.