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Hoot's youth fishing tournament a big success

Brian and John Olmstead of Moorhead and Otter Tail Lake were the first place winners in this years Hoot's Sports Angler Young Angler fishing tournament held on Little Pine Lakes last Saturday. First place prizes was a Lund boat, motor and trailer and the right advance to the International Championship event held in Kenora, Ontario.1 / 2
Tyler Zitzow caught one of the largest fish in the Hoot's Sports Angler Young Angler tournament last weekend held out of Zorbaz on Little Pine Lake. The fish measured 27 inches and weighed in at 5.48 lbs. His team composed of his dad and sister finished second over all with five walleyes wieghing 11.15 lbs.2 / 2

The third annual Hoot's Sports' Angler-Young Angler fishing tournament was a tremendous success last Saturday. Despite light rain showers it turned out to be a near perfect setting for a most extraordinary day of fishing on Little Pine Lake for our area youth.

Eighty kids along with their adult "guides" brought in 95 qualifying fish, the largest 27 inches long. The top basket was 11.71 pounds. 33 teams brought in qualifying fish to the weigh in at Zorbaz. Because of our sponsors' generosity, each kid was a winner receiving a trophy, life jacket, fishing rod and tackle as well as other prizes.

Brain and John Olmstead Moorhead and Otter Tail Lake were the first place winners taking home a 12' Lund fishing boat, a 4 h.p. Mercury motor and a Shoreland'r trailer.

Mike Freeman, Vice President of Finance at Lunds welcomed the large crowd gathered for the awards ceremony and stated that the Hoot's AYA tournament is one of the premier AYA tournaments held each year. Thirty tournaments will be held this year in the U.S. and Canada. The local winner advances to the International event in Kenora, Ontario later this summer and has a chance to take their family to Disney World.

Hats off and a big thanks to all of our local sponsors and over 30 volunteers who made this all possible:

Zorbaz - United Community Bank - Dean's Country Market - Arvig communications System - KLN/Mulligan's - Service Food - Gene's Sport Shop - J and H Signs - Perham Enterprise-Bulletin - Lakes Radio - Daggett Truck Lines - Bremer Bank - Perham Memorial Hospital and Home - Farmers Union Insurance - Dairy Queen - Wild Goose - Beach King Docks and Lifts - Whitey Schuett.

Thanks again from all of at Hoot's and Lund Boats, for making Perham's AYA tournament such a big success.