Yes, it's really cold, perfect weather for ice fishing
Bob Myshrall of Center Harbor displays a 19-inch, 2.5-pound rainbow trout he caught Saturday morning near his friend's bob house. (DAN SEUFERT PHOTO)
"It's been fantastic," said Bob Myshrall of Center Harbor, holding his catch on Saturday, a 2½-pound, 19-inch rainbow trout.
"In the derby, that might have won first place," said his friend, Pete Muse of Meredith. (Related story, Page A8.)The "derby" is the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby, which will be held Feb. 8-9; it offers more than $50,000 in cash prizes. Winners in each division — lake trout, rainbow trout, cusk, pickerel, black crappie, yellow perch and white perch — are entered into drawings for the top cash awards.
Derby officials are hoping to raise at least $40,000 for local charities. That's usually their goal, but last year bad weather hampered the first day of the derby. This year's derby will be headquartered in a new trailer, paid for by local gifts and contributions.
The ice is also perfect for this weekend's 2014 New England Pond Hockey Classic on Meredith Bay. The ice has already been plowed and will be ready as 223 teams prepare to compete in seven different age and gender categories.
That population figure has been rising, said Derek Taylor of Meredith.
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