Kurt’s Island Sports Shop hosting 2019 high school ice fishing tournament
Jan 18th, 2019 by Keith Worrall 374
Modified Jan 18th, 2019 at 11:54 AM
Owner of Kurt’s Island Sports Shop Kurt Justice first discovered the Wisconsin Interscholastic Fishing Association (WIFA) last year. The ice fishing state championship was held on the Minocqua and Lake Tomahawk chain.
Justice thought it’d be good to have local teams so students in the area could get involved.
“I really wanted to do whatever I could to help promote kids getting into fishing,” said Justice. “It doesn’t matter their fishing skill, there’s one or two coaches per team, and if they can just come out and maybe learn a little bit it’ll also give them a chance to compete.”
Justice is hosting a qualifier catch and release tournament on January 26 so kids in the Northwoods would be able to register for the WIFA state tournament.
He says so far he has seven schools and roughly 90 students signed up to participate in the sport.
“It teaches them a little bit about the ecology of fish, the sport of fishing, somewhat about teamwork too,” said Justice. “Because you have to get out and scout a little bit and try to learn your spots and then try to figure out ‘Okay, how do we want to attack the lake to get the most fish?'”
If anyone is interested in registering a team or would like more information, call Kurt’s Island Sports Shop at 715-356-4797 or send an email [email protected]