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Wis. man wins Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Thousands of anglers gather at Hole-in-the-Day Bay Saturday on Gull Lake in Brainerd for the 21st annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Associated Press

BRAINERD -- A first-time attendee from Wisconsin caught the winning fish at the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza.

More than 10,000 people gathered on frozen Gull Lake Saturday for what's billed as the world's largest ice-fishing event.

Andrew Schultz's northern pike weighed in at 7.18 pounds and was caught in 11 feet of water using a minnow and a tip-up.

Schultz, from Dousman, Wis., won a Ford pickup truck.

Gov. Mark Dayton became the first sitting governor to attend the event. He didn't catch a fish but told organizers he enjoyed the experience.

Only one angler from the West Central Tribune area made the top 150 list. Aaron Benson of Benson registered a 0.45-pound walleye and finished in 132nd place. He won an Ice 55 ice fishing flasher.