Four hundred ice fishing holes. Itâ??s probably more than you've made at any one time, but for those in charge of the annual â??Jig-Itâ?? tournament, it's simply standard procedure.
â??Weâ??re probably a little more than halfway there, but one of the things I try to do is get different depth ranges, so we look on the camera and try to figure out where the weed line is and the shoreline,â?? said event coordinator, Benji Wood.
The tournament on Lake Antoine in Iron Mountain takes place Saturday, and it's a fundraiser for a very well-known organization.
â??Big Brothers Big Sisters has mentoring programs in the Dickinson area and surrounding areas, and we use it in a school-based setting and a community-based setting, and all the money raised within the Dickinson â??Jig-Itâ?? stays in Dickinson County,â?? said Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bay Area, Tanya Ettenhofer.
Thereâ??s also another â??Jig-Itâ?? tournament taking place in Escanaba on January 25, but before coordinators think about preparing that competition, it's all hands on deck on Lake Antoine, where they're also prepping a kids fishing area.
â??The kidâ??s area opens at 10:30 a.m. and we're really excited about the kidâ??s area because we had such a great response the last couple years, so we wanted to make this a family-friendly event; we prepare all the bait, tackle, they're all set,â?? Wood said.
And, of course, there will be heated tents and lots of food and hot cocoa. Coordinators said they've seen a lot of pre-registration but want to let the public know registration at the event starts at 8 a.m.
â??Weâ??ll register all the way up until 11 a.m.,â?? Ettenhofer said.
And 11 a.m. is when the adult tournament starts with the winner taking home a nice $2,000 check.
To learn more about registration and pricing, visit the Jig-It website here.