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Ice fishing Triple Crown opens

January 29, 2010 at 01:57 AM

Freezing temperatures have returned, to the dismay of some but to the delight of ice anglers.

That’s particularly true at Lake Camelot, which for the past 30 years has held the area’s biggest ice fishing party — I mean tournament.

Actually, it’s hard not to view ice fishing as a party. And few places have more fun on the hard water than Camelot, which on Saturday will attract several hundred revelers to the subdivision southwest of Peoria off Lancaster Road.

After a few worried days last weekend, when temperatures soared and rain and wind melted ice, conditions have improved. Edges that opened at Lake Camelot and Lake Lancelot are frozen closed again. Participants can expect to drill through 7-8 inches Saturday during the competition, which runs 7 a.m. to noon.

Sign-ups start tonight from 6-9 p.m. and then again Saturday starting at 6 a.m. at the Lake Camelot clubhouse. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under. Bait will be sold and cash prizes are awarded.

Unlike most years, though, Camelot is not a standalone event thanks to two other tournaments on the winter schedule.

First is an event at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Feb. 6.

Then comes a tournament on Feb. 13 at the Big 25 Club near Victoria.

This has created an intriguing scenario. With three consecutive tournaments, we’ve got the potential for a Triple Crown of local ice fishing.

Why? Well there seems to be a Triple Crown of just about everything else from surfing to horse racing.

And this fall Disney is going to release a new movie about Secretariat, the greatest Triple Crown winner of all time. The movie has me so jacked up that I regularly watch YouTube clips of Big Red’s Belmont win in 1973. If that amazing race doesn’t get your spine tingling nothing will.

Now this is not to suggest that winning three ice fishing tournaments can approximate the impact or accomplishment of Secretariat.

But it’s cold out. We need to invent ways to have fun and to beat living room fever.

Offering a prize for anyone who wins — or even places — in all three events is an attempt to make frigid temperatures enjoyable.

To place at Camelot means a top-three finish in any of the different species categories. Placing at Prairie Park requires a top-five finish in terms of big fish. Placing at the Big 25 will be toughest of all: A top-three finish in total weight.

Pull that off and we’ll lavish praise on you as our Triple Crown winner and set you up with some nice prizes. Who knows? You might even get your own YouTube moment.


Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

guiding some clients tomorrow instead of camelot tourney;
have the hooked on fishing fundraising dinner the same day as the wildlife prairie tourney;
and my wife is due to have our 3rd child on the exact same day as the big 25 tourney.

I sure hope someone out there fishes all three events this year, that would be so cool.

Posted by PondGuy on 01/29 at 10:38 AM

Excuses, excuses. It would be great to see how the Pond Guy fares when he is not ‘shooting fish in a barrel”.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/29 at 12:46 PM

hahha it would be

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/29 at 04:30 PM

I would love to make it out and hang out with the guys, but most likely wouldnt place in any of the tourneys. I am much better at drilling holes and putting waxies on jigs than I am at actually fishing.

Regardless though, all of those lakes the tourneys are held at are private lakes I either fish or stock fish at regularly, so it would still be the same “shooting fish in a barrel”

Posted by PondGuy on 01/29 at 04:40 PM

Sounds like jealousy to me.

Anytime you need help shooting holes in the barrel me and my trusty Stikemater will be their.

The Duck will be at the big 25 fishing on your behalf PondGuy.

NEW FLASH Duck will be at Wildlife Prairie State Park on Feb. 6 also looking take your cash.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 01/30 at 08:35 AM

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