We had a great day for our 3rd Annual Jamboree! Close to 50 kids were on the ice for our Ice Fishing Clinic and our ice experts were awesome presenting the different areas of fishing. We ran things quite different this year as we had a free kids clinic from 9-11am and the tournament to follow. Our tournament didn't start until 11 and went until 4:30. Next year we will go back to regular tournament hours and run the kids clinic during the tournament from 9-11 again. I feel like we lost some of our participants for the tournament with the late start. Overall a great weather day, committed volunteers and positive people. We raise just over 4.5K for Fishing for the Heart which will help fun our spring and summer programs. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported this mission.
We arrived to the lake well before light to set up for the kids' fishing section at 4:30am. We picked an area where we thought the perch would give the kids some action with the chance to catch a Pike, bass or walleye on the tip-ups. By 5:15 we had a line out the door for the registration starting at 5:30 as we shuffled to get all the tables set up for the day. Throughout the day we had many people come and fish and check out the Jamboree.
Generally we like to get out to our ice fishing spots before anyone can beat us out there so we can set up for the fishing and make sure we have enough room for the group. This morning I decided to sleep in until 5:30 and meet the guys by 6:30. I pulled up at 6:20 while it was still dark and looked out on the lake to see about 10 lights and four wheelers pull up to the bay I wanted to fish.