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Gone fishin': Ice anglers turn out for annual derby

Father-son team 24-pound saw a different result when Steve Hitchcock reeled in a 17-pound, eight-ounce tiger muskie that measured 40 inches. Hitchcock, teamed up with his dad, David, said it's the biggest fish he's caught, and he's been fishing since he started walking.

"When you catch it, the adrenaline's great," Hitchcock said.

The fish had already run out all of the line on his reel when Hitchcock started bringing him in. Until the fish was peering through the hole in the ice, which was between 12 and 14 inches thick, the team wasn't sure just how big he was.

Team 24-pound was honored with first place in the tiger muskie category and was followed by team H2 whose fish was 11 pounds, five ounces and 36.5 inches long.

Coming in first in the brown trout category, team Yeti member David Palen said the bait used by him and teammate Pete Church, along with friends Bill Kocher and Brian Murphy, was supplied by Bearwood Bait and Taxidermy. Kocher and Murphy caught a three-pound, 13-ounce brown trout that was 20.5 inches.

Between the two teams, they have placed in three derbies this winter.

Third Annual Alvord House Fishing Derby results

Tiger Muskie category:

First place: 24-pound, Steve and David Hitchcock -- 17 pounds 8 ounces, 40 inches

Second place: H2, Walt Humphrey and Haberin -- 11 pounds 5 ounces, 36.5 inches

Third place: Drop A Line, Marty Kelly and Vaughn Tracy -- 8 pounds, 33.5 inches

Brown Trout category

First place: Yeti, Pete Church and David Palen -- 6 pounds 11ounces, 24.5 inches

Second place: Crack-A-Noon, Scott Wise and Jim Havey -- 5 pounds 2 ounces, 22 inches

Third place: Hardwater Anglers, Gary Sweet and Bob Feeter -- 4 pounds 12ounces, 22 inches

Calcutta winners:

Tiger muskie: Young Guns, Michael Tross and Brian Boise

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