By Ted Waddell
SACKETT LAKE February 22, 2005 If frozen fish was your thing, the Monticello Fire Departments Annual Ice Fishing Contest was just the ticket to make your day.
Nearly 200 anglers began fishing at the bone-chilling hour of 6 a.m. Saturday morning on a very frozen Sackett Lake. The contest wrapped up nine hours later at 3 p.m. and the winners were announced.
Those winners were as follows:
Biggest Fish of the Day: Saben Rausch (20 1/2-inch, 2.6-pound pickerel)
Biggest Catfish of the Day: Nick Frangipane (11 1/2-inch, 1-pound)
Kids (6-12 years old): Panfish Katie Conklin (first place); Perch Justin Kurthy (first place), Jamie Davis (second place), Justin Kurthy (third place); Pickerel Gary Klein (first place)
Adults: Panfish Craig Taylor (first place), Craig Taylor (second place), Nick Frangipane (third place); Perch Ernest Quick, Jr. (first place), Terry Davis (second place), Terry Davis (third place); Pickerel Neil Messenger (first place), Dave Right (second place), Dave Haskel (third place).
Members of the ice fishing contest committee included John Pavese (chairman), Rory Huebner and Keith Kurthy.
In 2004, a total of 167 fishermen registered for the annual ice fishing contest. This year, about 190 folks signed up.
According to Kurthy, the local fire department expected to raise between $2,000 and $2,500 from the contest.
The money will go into the Monticello Fire Departments building fund for a new $3 million-plus firehouse.
We are contributing $250,000, Kurthy said.