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    2013 Brainerd Ice Fishing Extravaganza

    Mark your calendars for the world’s greatest ice fishing contest – the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake near Brainerd. Join the more than 10,000 anglers as they fish for fabulous prizes, including a a new 2013 truck, four wheelers, a snowmobile, ice fishing equipment and so much more!

    Since 1990, this signature event of the Brainerd Jaycees has raised more than $1 million for Brainerd Lakes Area charities, especially Confidence Learning Center, and rallied thousands of volunteers.

    In 2012, 150 prizes valued at a total of more than $150,000 were awarded to participants for fish ranging in size from a 6.37-pound walleye to a .42 pound Walleye. Second place only had a 4 pound Northern to score him a brand new four wheeler!

    Come discover what thousands already know – the Extravaganza is a special one-of-a-kind event!

    HD, myself, my brother and a few of our friends will be there this year! I was there last year with 3 others and one of the guys in my group placed with a .45 pound Perch!


    Life is too short, Go fishing!

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    I cant wait brother!!!

    hope to catch something good!!
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    They got some awesome prizes on the webpage when i checked it out the other day
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    I scroll through the huge amount of pics...looks like a blast..

    and yea fishn, the prizes look cool!!!!
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    HD it sure does look like a blast.
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    Hmm I never heard of this until I seen this post. Looks like a great time and its for a good cause too! Prizes are pretty sweet as well.

    What do I need to bring along to this?

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    Everything for ice fishing minus the shack.....

    and a ice chisel, they drill the holes the day before...
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    Well to start off, dress warm in layers. The 2012 contest it was -25 below with out windchill. If it would get warm at least you can take off a layer or two.

    Each ticket is for 1 hole. There is a 2 hole max. You pick whatever open hole you want. There will be about 20,000 holes you can choose from. What we did last year was researched the roped off area to determine the depth, got there early and claimed the holes we wanted to fish. My thought it if you can pay $25-$45 on a single hole, whats another hole since your going to be there already? If you buy your ticket at a Mills Fleet Farm you can get them for $25 in the month of November. Other retail outlets are $35 until December 31st. After December 31st tickets go to $45 each.

    Tickets will become available at the retail locations and online beginning Nov 1st 2012.

    As far as gear goes you are going to need a few items.

    1. A good chisel. They drill all the holes the day before so depending on the temps the night before, they can freeze shut pretty thick. When we got there in Feb it was 4-6" thick.
    2. Depending on how you plan to fish bring 1 extra ice rod or tip up. If you plan on fishing with a ice rod and a tip up which is what I do, bring a spare of each.
    Although it does matter once you figure out the depth you wish to fish.. from 10' to 90' of water. So make sure you have enough line on each setup for the depth you wish to fish.
    3. A camp chair or a pail to sit on.
    4. Bait...
    5. Make sure you read up on Minnesota rules!
    6. Something to keep your hole from freezing. I will be making a how-to sometime soon here on how to keep your hole from freezing over!
    7. I would say a sleigh or sled too if you have more stuff than just a pail.
    8. IF YOU KNOW ANYONE that has a vexilar, marcum or HB flasher, borrow it! You will not regret having one to help you with depth and finding fish!!!!!!!!!
    9.
    Bring cash—there are food and product vendors on the ice and many of them only accept cash, and there is NOT an ATM or check cashing service on the ice. You can use a credit card to purchase contest or random drawing tickets.10. Bring your driver’s license— especially if you are purchasing your tickets at an outlet or on the ice the day of the event.
    11. Bring or buy a Minnesota fishing license—we abide by all state rules and you must have a valid fishing license to compete in the contest.
    12. Bring your contest ticket and a way to secure it—it’s an adhesive ticket (similar to a ski lift ticket) so a wire or string that loops through your zipper works best. Your ticket must be visible at all times.
    13. Bring a radio—the Extravaganza is broadcast live on B93.3 so tune in and catch all of the action. The station also does special giveaways contests that you might want to participate in.
    14. Bring cans or plastic bottles with your drinks – they do not sell alcohol on the ice. Glass bottles are not allowed and will be confiscated.
    15. This is a live release tournament so we ask you to bring your catch to the weigh-in station submerged in water.
    16.There are a variety of food, product and gift vendors on the ice the day of the contest. If you get hungry, need to warm up with a cup of coffee, or are in the market for a coon-skin hat, this is the place to be! You will also find the latest in fishing gear. Bring cash because there is not an ATM or a check service on site.

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Q: Can I park on the ice?
    A: No. Main parking is located at Brainerd
    International Raceway (BIR) and our over
    flow lot is located just north of the contest
    area. Shuttle bus service is available both
    ways from both lots.


    Q: Can I bring a cooler onto the ice?
    A: Yes, coolers will be allowed but all coolers
    are subject to mandatory search or will not be
    allowed into the contest area.
    Q: Is there a place I can warm up?
    A: Yes, there are heated concession tents.


    Q: I caught two fish. Should I register
    both?
    A: You may register as many fish as you like.
    However, only the largest fish you register will
    remain on the leader board.


    Q: Do you have bait for sale on the ice?
    A: No.


    Q: Can I leave early?
    A: Yes, shuttle bus service is available all day
    (approximately) 8 a.m.–5 p.m.


    Q: Where are “will call” tickets?
    A: The “will call” is the Information Booth


    which is a trailer located at center ice in the
    middle of the concession area.


    Q: Are tickets still available the day of the
    contest?
    A: Yes. Tickets are available at designated
    outlets (see pg. 5 for locations) and at our
    ticket tent on the ice at center ice.


    Q: What are you going to do with the
    money?
    A: The primary beneficiary of the contest is
    Confidence Learning Center and a portion
    goes to other local charities.


    Q: Who is running the contest?
    A: The Brainerd Jaycees – a leadership
    development through community service
    organization for men and women ages 18-40.
    Learn more at Brainerd Jaycees : Home or
    find a chapter at Minnesota Jaycees.


    Q: What is the random prize drawing and
    where can one purchase tickets?
    A: Tickets are $10 each and are available at
    center ice or at the designated ticket outlets
    (see pg. 5). This drawing is separate from the
    fishing contest prizes and you need not be
    present to win.


    Q: Can I take my prize home with me?
    A: Yes, your prize is now your responsibility.
    The majority of prizes can be picked up at
    Mills Fleet Farm–Baxter after the contest
    Saturday and Sunday (see pg. for details).


    Q: Do you have handicap parking?
    A: Yes, in designated areas with a valid
    sticker.


    Q: Can you transfer tickets to another
    individual?
    A: Yes, just make sure that if you catch a fish
    that you fill in your name on the weigh-in slip
    and not the name on the ticket.


    Q: Can you use a fish/depth locator and
    underwater camera or GPS?
    A: Yes, we follow the Minnesota Department
    of Natural Resources ice fishing rules with
    the exception that you can only fish one hole
    per ticket.


    Q: Are spectators welcome?
    A: Yes, you don’t need a ticket to get into the
    contest site.


    Q: What time can I start fishing?
    A: Noon; a cannon will sound.


    Q: Can I check the depth?
    A: Yes, but only with a depth finder or a line
    without a hook. All lines must be out of the
    water by 11:45 am until the official start.


    Q: When can I enter the contest area?
    A: Shuttle buses begin service at 8:00 am.

    Fun Facts
    » 100% of contest proceeds are donated to over 50 area charities.
    » This event is completely volunteer-run.
    » It takes two days to set-up this village on the ice, four hours to fill the two-square
    mile contest space with over 12,500 people, and three hours to take it down.
    » It takes approximately 50,000 volunteer hours over the course of nine months to
    plan and execute the event.
    » The Extravaganza has received national and international recognition in Sports
    Illustrated, National Geographic, Field & Stream, and MSNBC to name a few.
    » Only once in the history of the event has it been postponed—that was in 2002 and it
    was held in February of that year.
    » Only once in the history of the event has it been moved to another lake—that was in
    2006 and it was held on Round Lake.
    Life is too short, Go fishing!

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    Great info FM i may have to join yall next year.
    Dan Whicker USMC 0331

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    We can work that out
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