Myself, not an Ice Fisherman, I have you agree with you 100%.
I've caught two tagged Rainbows over 3 pounds the past few years (1 in Winni and 1 in Squam)while trolling, too bad a bigger fish didn't win the big Derby $$$.
Biggest fish or total weight wins most fishing contest I ever heard of. But the Rotary Detrby has done **** good so if it aint broke dont fix it. I guess being that the outcome is 100% luck, everyone has a chance in the Winni Ice Derby.
Just my .02 cents.
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that fish made him $1650.00.
He is lucky he caught it during this derby instead of the Great winni derby, if caught during the Winni it would have won him around what $150.00 or so. What a shame that a little trout just because it has a tag in it's fin wins more than a fish of that caliber(truly a shame) just my opinion that's why I like that derby better than the rotary derby. the Kid said he was going to have it mounted, buy a new auger, and a new portable shanty. How cool is that??????????????