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Annual fishing tournament isn't about winning, its about helping

It's not your ordinary tournament. Yes, there's a rules meeting and raffle June 4 with fishing on June 5 at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd. But there's more to it, the panel explains.

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Hunting journalist Bernie Barringer and Minnesota Hall of Fame angler and communicator Steve Pennaz join host Chad Koel to talk about the Minnesota Fishing Challenge on the second episode of this podcast.

It's not your ordinary tournament. Yes, there's a rules meeting and raffle June 4 with fishing on June 5 at Cragun's Resort on Gull Lake in Brainerd. But there's more to it, the panel explains.

"It's a really unique tournament because its a fundraising event and the focus really isn't on winning the tournament, the focus is on helping people in need," said Barringer, who is one of the organizers. "So its a fundraising tournament for Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge.

The fishing tournament helps to provide funds for people to go through the program.

Pennaz will serve as the honorary tournament director.

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The meeting on Saturday, June 4 is for the anglers and their families. The public is welcome to come to the weigh-in on Sunday.

With winter finally getting out of the way, Koel and Brewer talk about lake conditions, walleye spawning and their love of the outdoors.

Timestamps:

  • 0:00 Open / What is the Minnesota Fishing Challenge?
  • 8:00 / How the Minnesota Teen Challenge has changed lives
  • 12:00 / How the tournament works
  • 14:50 / Weigh-in and the stories from those recovering from addiction
  • 18:50 / How you can help
  • 26:00 / Talking about fishing legend Al Linder
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