Hebgen Lake, MTSunday, January 17th, 2016
Sponsored By West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
For Immediate Release
Alaska and Utah Combine to Win Montana's Premier Ice Fishing Tournament
Hebgen Lake, West Yellowstone MT, January 17, 2016 The team of Shane
Hofstad, Alaska and Brent Cummings, Utah topped the 72-team NAIFC (North
American Ice Fishing Circuit) Hebgen Lake Qualifier. Hofstad/Cummings' 6
Rainbow bag tipped the scales at 13.81 pounds netting the pair $4,400.00 and more
importantly the "Wood" (NAIFC plaques). Second place went to the team of Dan
Zitto, MT and Zack Dekay, MT with a 12.96 pound bag. St Croix Rod's Big Fish
award and 4-rod prize package went to Dana Driggs, MT and RC Pierce, MT with
a 3.11 pound Rainbow.
Hofstad reported "Hebgen is a great fishery." "Saturday's pre-fishing had a couple
of weather fronts move through but Sunday the bite was on." "Even with the 14-18
inches of snow that fell Saturday night we had a shot at 19 rainbows to get our 6."
Open to any 2-person team the Hebgen Lake Qualifier attracted a strong field
representing 10-States and a Canadian Province that included 5 past/present Team
USA members. All teams that finish in the top-ten at any of the NAIFC Qualifiers
earn an automatic invitation to the NAIFC National Championship to be held in
December. The NAIFC paid 14 places a total of $10,080.00 cash, along with
$1,000.00 worth of product prizes provided by HT Enterprises, Aqua Vu
underwater cameras, Honda Power Equipment, Work Sharp Knife Sharpening and
St Croix Rods.
Jack Baker NAIFC Tournament Director remarked "People think of West
Yellowstone MT as snowmobile country but deep down this is a fishing
community". "Everybody fishes here, West Yellowstone throws out the red carpet
and the competitors know they are welcome." "It is like going home."
In addition to competition on the best lakes in North America the NAIFC is about
education. A free Friday Night Seminar was held at the West Yellowstone Holiday
Inn with Jason Kamrath/Peter Hupf, Clam Corp, discussing tournament tactics.
Chad Schaub/Anthony Rodriguez, HT Enterprises-Team USA detailing European
fishing styles and Ben & Luke Blegen demonstrating Aqua Vu underwater camera
use. Saturday's education focused on kids and family with 148 parents and
children attending a NAIFC Kids Ice Camp held at Kirkwood Marina and Resort.
Ice safety, Aqua Vu Underwater Cameras, live bait, and jigging techniques using St
Croix Rods were demonstrated by NAIFC Pro-staff. All the kids attending
received a free HT Enterprise ice fishing rod.
For more information on the NAIFC, NAIFC Qualifiers, NAIFC Championship,
NAIFC Friday Night Seminar Series, or NAIFC Kids Ice Camp go to
www.naifc.com or contact Jack Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org. To enter a
NAIFC Qualifying tournament click on Registration at www.naifc.com or call
Kathy Roberts at 320-229-0106. For more information on the West Yellowstone
MT area contact West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
www.destinationyellowstone.com or www.kirkwoodresort.com