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Linnerooth the windswept winner at Jaycees

Posted: January 20, 2013 - 10:37pm
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Bror Linnerooth of Brainerd displays his 4.41 pound Northern Pike that won first prize of a 2013 Ford of GMC 4x4 pickup truck Saturday in the 23rd Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza.  Linnerooth was among the 10,500 anglers that participated in the largest fishing contest in the world.  For more photos go to <a href="http://spotted.brainerddispatch.com/galleries/index.php?id=542653" target="new">spotted.brainerddispatch.com</a>.  Brainerd Dispatch/Steve Kohls
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Bror Linnerooth of Brainerd displays his 4.41 pound Northern Pike that won first prize of a 2013 Ford of GMC 4x4 pickup truck Saturday in the 23rd Annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Linnerooth was among the 10,500 anglers that participated in the largest fishing contest in the world. For more photos go to spotted.brainerddispatch.com.

A blustery Saturday afternoon with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour and a wind chill that would make even Jack Frost shiver, didn’t stop determined anglers from vying for the big fish and big prize during the 23rd Annual Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake.

It took only minutes for the first fish to be caught and rushed across the ice to the weigh-in tent, with the first angler registering a .2 pound perch. By 12:30 p.m., just a half an hour after the cannon sounded the start, more than 60 people were lined up with their bagged fish in gloved hands.

Jessica Vieths, Goodhue, Minn., carried a bucketed walleye to the weigh-in tent line with a big smile on her face.

“It’s only my second time ice fishing ever and my first time here (at Jaycees),” said Vieths, whose 3.43 pound walleye was good enough for fifth place on the leaderboard. “It’s awesome.”

Vieths, who was fishing with her husband, said the couple got on the ice around 9:30 a.m. and were fishing on the outer edges of the contest grid.

According to Wes Wickhem, Brainerd, helping drill holes gave him a bit of good karma.

“I put on my Facebook that good things come to those who drill holes,” said Wickhem, who helped drill more than 20,000 holes on Jan. 18 in preparation for the tournament. “I want 100th place.”

Vieths and Wickhem joined more than 10,000 people on the ice, including participants as far away as India and France. And while all dropped in their lines looking to hook the winner, it was Brainerd resident, Bror Linnerooth who took home the title prize of a new Ford or GMC pick—up truck. Linnerooth used a hook and fathead to land a 4.41 pound northern pike in 35 feet of water.

Linnerooth, who had to leave before being announced as the winner to go to work, told Brainerd Jaycees, “I never thought it would be me. I knew the fish was going to make the prize list, but first place is unbelievable.”

Linnerooth’s pike joined 551 other fish that were registered during the three hour contest.

The largest beneficiary in the charitable tournament is Confidence Learning Center, an outdoor recreational facility for people with developmental disabilities. An estimated 50 charities will benefit from the proceeds of the event. The Brainerd Jaycees have donated $2.8 million to charities since the first Extravaganza was held in 1991.

■ 2013 Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Leaderboard

RANK CATCH PARTICIPANT

1. 4.41 lbs Northern Pike Bror Linnerooth — Brainerd, MN (#10599)

2. 4.18 lbs Walleye Dustin Heins — Rogers, MN (#13990)

3. 4.05 lbs Northern Pike Andrew Berg — Arden Hills, MN (#05611)

4. 3.78 lbs Walleye Justin Loidolt — Elk River, MN (#12320)

5. 3.43 lbs Walleye Jessica Vieths — Goodhue, MN (#05872)

6. 3.06 lbs Northern Pike Jacob Kaminski — Cottage Grove, MN (#18512)

7. 2.99 lbs Northern Pike Dustin Schafer — Revillo, SD (#09864)

8. 2.87 lbs Walleye Wayne Nelson — Brainerd, MN (#09690)

9. 2.76 lbs Walleye Nicole Savoy—Johnson — Sartell, MN (#15002)

10. 2.56 lbs Walleye John Kampa — Grand Rapids, MN (#08044)

11. 2.29 lbs Northern Pike Mitch Halverson — Arpin, WI (#12723)

12. 2.11 lbs Walleye Jessica Kiefer — Brainerd, MN (#08316)

13. 1.98 lbs Tulibee Nathan Thom — Baxter, MN (#08748)

14. 1.87 lbs Tulibee Erick Shepard — Princeton, MN (#18239)

15. 1.84 lbs Tulibee Brady Windschitl — Owatonna, MN (#03835)

16. 1.84 lbs Tulibee Jessica Clane — Brainerd, MN (#09087)

17. 1.65 lbs Northern Pike Eddie Berndt — Crandon, WI (#05337)

18. 1.64 lbs Walleye Scott Korwes — Brainerd, MN (#07638)

19. 1.48 lbs Northern Pike Pavlo Lyosky — Uniontown, OH (#14611)

20. 1.48 lbs Northern Pike Michael Bukovic — Hiles, WI (#18292)

21. 1.48 lbs Northern Pike Neil Blenker — Melrose, MN (#10819)

22. 1.37 lbs Walleye Scott Brummer — Fergus Falls, MN (#05612)

23. 1.30 lbs Walleye Terri Wolf — Pequot Lakes, MN (#01070)

24. 1.27 lbs Walleye Andre Duval — Brainerd, MN (#14991)

25. 1.23 lbs Walleye Jacob Bahr — Brainerd, MN (#10435)

26. 1.22 lbs Tulibee Steven Hines — Nisswa, MN (#09163)

27. 1.21 lbs Tulibee Richard Bell — Chisholm, MN (#08747)

28. 1.21 lbs Walleye Kyle Hinders — Rochester, MN (#17239)

29. 1.15 lbs Walleye Luther Wallin — Nisswa, MN (#08071)

30. 1.15 lbs Walleye Paul Buchholz — Vesta, MN (#04547)

31. 1.12 lbs Walleye Timothy Larson — Faribault, MN (#03908)

32. 1.12 lbs Walleye Brad Lamusga — Browerville, MN (#08437)

33. 1.11 lbs Walleye Mathew Schnebly — Lanesboro, MN (#13153)

34. 1.11 lbs Eelpout Kevin Metz — Pillager, MN (#04851)

35. 1.08 lbs Walleye Emily Opay — Baxter, MN (#08966)

36. 1.06 lbs Walleye Daniel Westholter — Lake Shore, MN (#08790)

37. 1.06 lbs Walleye Tiffany Deshayes — Park Rapids, MN (#07618)

38. 1.06 lbs Tulibee Bruce Hines — Nisswa, MN (#09164)

39. 1.03 lbs Rock Bass Maureen Splett — Rogers, MN (#12087)

40. 1.02 lbs Walleye Jeff Schocten — Mankato, MN (#16809)

41. 1.02 lbs Walleye Don Bloom — Bloomington, MN (#04453)

42. 0.99 lbs Walleye Glenn Stenzel — Crosby, MN (#11723)

43. 0.98 lbs Walleye Tim Jensen — Pillager, MN (#08391)

44. 0.97 lbs Rock Bass Michelle Theis — Shakopee, MN (#05292)

45. 0.96 lbs Walleye Ben Ahlgren — South Haven, MN (#11709)

46. 0.95 lbs Walleye Brandt Wolf — Pequot Lakes, MN (#01069)

47. 0.95 lbs Rock Bass Michelle Lenarz — Rice, MN (#15044)

48. 0.93 lbs Walleye Josh Myers — Montrose, MN (#10589)

49. 0.92 lbs Rock Bass James Hallin — Mora, MN (#01177)

50. 0.89 lbs Tulibee Andrew Wiebusch — Brainerd, MN (#08410)

51. 0.84 lbs Walleye Ben Lundeen — Brainerd, MN (#08699)

52. 0.83 lbs Walleye Vern Walter — Sauk Centre, MN (#01313)

53. 0.80 lbs Walleye David Adamson — Claremont, MN (#17262)

54. 0.80 lbs Walleye Scott Markrof — Brainerd, MN (#08934)

55. 0.79 lbs Walleye Darren Kiefer — Brainerd, MN (#08317)

56. 0.78 lbs Walleye William Splett — Corcoran, MN (#12086)

57. 0.78 lbs Walleye Cody Smude — Pierz, MN (#09770)

58. 0.77 lbs Walleye Doreen Pippenger — St. Paul, MN (#18577)

59. 0.77 lbs Walleye Chris Ledvina — Shawano, WI (#05373)

60. 0.74 lbs Walleye John Ward Jr — Baxter, MN (#08538)

61. 0.72 lbs Walleye Luke Sundahl — Currie, MN (#04546)

62. 0.72 lbs Walleye Tim Ike — Plum City, WI (#17361)

63. 0.69 lbs Walleye Richard Braun — Annandale, MN (#15179)

64. 0.66 lbs Walleye Lisa Czech — Brainerd, MN (#07904)

65. 0.64 lbs Walleye Jon Simmons — Lake Shore, MN (#08648)

66. 0.63 lbs Walleye Brian Poulson — White Bear Lake, MN (#18338)

67. 0.62 lbs Perch John Roche — (#09820)

68. 0.61 lbs Walleye Cody Czech — Brainerd, MN (#07903)

69. 0.61 lbs Walleye Jim Bruggeman — Buffalo, MN (#15176)

70. 0.61 lbs Walleye Craig Henke — North Mankato, MN (#01319)

71. 0.60 lbs Walleye Daniel Saewert — Burnsville, MN (#16948)

72. 0.59 lbs Perch Nathan Bertram — Brainerd, MN (#09575)

73. 0.59 lbs Walleye Kaila Wenker — Hewitt, MN (#13703)

74. 0.59 lbs Walleye Ryan Thompson — St. Louis Park, MN (#09837)

75. 0.59 lbs Walleye Calvin Eccles — Princeton, MN (#15259)

76. 0.58 lbs Walleye Shilio Hoffman — St. Michael, MN (#12323)

77. 0.58 lbs Walleye Dan Lindskoog — Colombia Heights, MN (#16374)

78. 0.58 lbs Walleye Jared Schroeder — Emily, MN (#09844)

79. 0.58 lbs Walleye Stephen Von Ruden — Brainerd, MN (#13906)

80. 0.58 lbs Walleye Daniel Fromm — Fort Ripley, MN (#08452)

81. 0.57 lbs Walleye Dustin Ordorff — Edina, MN (#16221)

82. 0.57 lbs Walleye Jane Tuma — Faribault, MN (#06383)

83. 0.57 lbs Walleye Keith Broschofsky — Pierz, MN (#08706)

84. 0.57 lbs Walleye Wally Burch — Rogers, MN (#10594)

85. 0.56 lbs Walleye Jessie Voges — Courtland, MN (#03917)

86. 0.56 lbs Walleye Yer Thao — St. Paul, MN (#18543)

87. 0.56 lbs Walleye Cade Young — Brainerd, MN (#08859)

88. 0.55 lbs Walleye Amber Jurisch — Baxter, MN (#07636)

89. 0.54 lbs Walleye Jamie Schroetter — Roseville, MN (#14167)

90. 0.54 lbs Walleye Nate Schurke — Brainerd, MN (#08244)

91. 0.53 lbs Walleye Jerimi Lamminan — Big Lake, MN (#05122)

92. 0.53 lbs Walleye Ronald Pendergrass — Ramsey, MN (#10581)

93. 0.53 lbs Walleye Jeanne Bradley — Fifty Lakes, MN (#11306)

94. 0.52 lbs Walleye Patrick Dillon — Erhard, MN (#05552)

95. 0.52 lbs Walleye Mike Peterson — Brainerd, MN (#05649)

96. 0.51 lbs Perch Lee Popp — Rice, MN (#15422)

97. 0.51 lbs Walleye Christine Rudolph — Fort Ripley, MN (#09168)

98. 0.50 lbs Walleye Jessica Noonkesser — Brainerd, MN (#10404)

99. 0.50 lbs Walleye Robert Lambert — Proctor, MN (#18420)

100. 0.49 lbs Walleye Wade Breer — Fergus Falls, MN (#05458)

101. 0.49 lbs Walleye Carl Williams — Wayzata, MN (#12456)

102. 0.49 lbs Perch Adam Anderson — St. Cloud, MN (#17535)

103. 0.49 lbs Walleye Craig Hoffman — St. Michael, MN (#12324)

104. 0.49 lbs Walleye Chad Neptune — Fort Ripley, MN (#08018)

105. 0.49 lbs Walleye John Beinert — Bloomington, MN (#16965)

106. 0.49 lbs Walleye Rob Novak — Hastings, MN (#16784)

107. 0.48 lbs Walleye Randy Sukut — New Ulm, MN (#07199)

108. 0.48 lbs Walleye Janell Hansen — Brainerd, MN (#09613)

109. 0.48 lbs Walleye Taylor Burett — Rogers, MN (#10593)

110. 0.48 lbs Walleye Gabriel Wheeler — Baxter, MN (#08533)

111. 0.47 lbs Perch Lonny Nelson — Kerrick, MN (#08055)

112. 0.47 lbs Perch Alison Wilson — Le Suer, MN (#07992)

113. 0.47 lbs Walleye Jason Bahr — Brainerd, MN (#06379)

114. 0.47 lbs Walleye Jacob Lieser — Moorhead, MN (#07364)

115. 0.47 lbs Walleye Dale Kurtz — Byron, MN (#17346)

116. 0.46 lbs Walleye Jodi Conard — Clear Lake, MN (#15085)

117. 0.46 lbs Walleye Russ Weingaetz — Mankato, MN (#05796)

118. 0.46 lbs Walleye D. Michael Smith — Baxter, MN (#08049)

119. 0.45 lbs Walleye Jeremy Henke — Freeborn, MN (#01318)

120. 0.45 lbs Walleye Justin Nielsen — Mankato, MN (#03971)

121. 0.45 lbs Perch Chad Landowski — Burtrum, MN (#02757)

122. 0.44 lbs Perch Ted Nelson — Kerrick, MN (#08054)

123. 0.44 lbs Walleye Ryan Johnson — Mapleton, ND (#07351)

124. 0.44 lbs Walleye ustin Neptune — Brainerd, MN (#08104)

125. 0.44 lbs Walleye Mick Hopke — St. Augusta, MN (#15063)

126. 0.43 lbs Walleye Jason Roepke — Breezy Point, MN (#08298)

127. 0.43 lbs Walleye Brian Mann — Perham, MN (#01390)

128. 0.43 lbs Walleye Timothy Fischer — Princeton, MN (#12094)

129. 0.43 lbs Walleye Rich Haugen — Nisswa, MN (#09416)

130. 0.43 lbs Walleye Ross Hamann — Rice, MN (#17659)

131. 0.42 lbs Walleye Dave Kadrlik — Burnsville, MN (#16877)

132. 0.42 lbs Walleye Michael Ighansh — Cood Rapids, MN (#01139)

133. 0.42 lbs Perch John Bukovich — Lake Shore, MN (#14448)

134. 0.42 lbs Walleye Zackary Hase — St. Paul, MN (#14626)

135. 0.42 lbs Walleye Jordan Schmaltz — Maple Grove, MN (#08162)

136. 0.42 lbs Walleye Joshua Nevala — Menahga, MN (#07921)

137. 0.42 lbs Walleye Phil Laube — Brainerd, MN (#05768)

138. 0.42 lbs Walleye James Knebel — Pillager, MN (#08392)

139. 0.42 lbs Walleye Terry Norman — Colorado Springs, CO (#08792)

140. 0.41 lbs Perch Matthew Levine — Falcon Height, MN (#14763)

141. 0.41 lbs Walleye Logan Olson — Crosslake, MN (#08718)

142. 0.41 lbs Walleye Dan Wisnink — Crosby, MN (#07650)

143. 0.41 lbs Walleye Nathan Sloneker — Forest Lake, MN (#16211)

144. 0.41 lbs Walleye Brent Pederson — Apple Valley, MN (#13007)

145. 0.41 lbs Walleye Dennis Arndt — Sartell, MN (#07757)

146. 0.41 lbs Walleye Michael Magnan — Brainerd, MN (#07664)

147. 0.40 lbs Perch Emily Neubarth — Prior Lake, MN (#16890)

148. 0.40 lbs Walleye Phil Fackler — Blaine, MN (#16244)

149. 0.40 lbs Walleye Josh Dartt — Bloomington, MN (#16868)

150. 0.40 lbs Walleye Craig Dempewolf — Champlin, MN (#08107)

JESSI PIERCE, staff writer, may be reached at 855—5859 or jessi.pierce@brainerddispatch.com. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jessi_pierce (@jessi_pierce).