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Preparing for the World Ice Fishing Championships

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MOSINEE (WAOW) - The World Ice Fishing Championships are right in our area, on the Big Eau Pleine in Mosinee.

If you thought preparing for ice fishing is nothing but bundling up, Team USA tells us there's a lot more involved.

A lot of people think ice fishing is a sport of luck, but Mike McNett, the captain from team USA says you make your own luck and it begins with pre-fishing. "The advantage USA has is we can come out here months before and use our underwater cameras and use our sonars. Kind of get a feel to where the fish are staging in the water column. So when they're out there, their not fishing blind."

Now that the championship is just days away, competitors are not allowed to use any sort of technology to their advantage. Mc Nett explains, "Oh no, there's no shelter, no power augers, no sonars it's just raw human power out here." 

Competitors can't pre-fish exactly where the tournament will be, so the Americans strategy involves testing surrounding areas to try to get to know the depths, the type of fish and how long it takes to hook one. "There's strategy involved, you could get 25 perch and be beat out by 10 crappies. Its a chess match that we like because we definitely know that we're going to be going after those crappie."

They're welcoming the public to come out. Whether you're looking to cheer on team USA or just pick up a few ice fishing tips.  "We've kind of been in the middle of the pack the last few years.  We plan on winning the gold. We fish for the gold."

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