Photos: Thousands compete in Brainerd's annual ice fishing extravaganza

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1 Over 10,000 anglers from the midwest and Minnesota took part in the 24th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake's Hole in the Day Bay Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. The fishermen competed for over $200,000 in prizes and all proceeds benefited area charities. 
2 On a date, Erik Theis of Grand Forks ND and Hannah Gausman of Alexandria, Minn., spend Saturday Jan 25, 2014, fishing in the $150,000 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza on the Gull lake ice. 
3 Tom Bretsch of Aberdeen S.D. was among the 10,000 anglers from the Midwest and Minnesota who took part in the 24th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake's Hole in the Day Bay Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. This year marks the 21st time Bretsch has taken part in the contest. The fishermen competed for over $200,000 in prizes and all proceeds benefited area charities. 
4 With his head resting on a snow pillow, Joel Swanson of Arden Hills, Minn., takes a nap while fishing the $150,000 Brainerd jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza Saturday, Jan 25, 2014, on Gull Lake near Nisswa MN. 
5 Dressed as a bumble bee, Alan Carpenter of Hibbing, Minn., tries to launch his kite in the wind Saturday, Jan 25, 2014 while fishing in the Brainerd Jaycess $150,000 Ice Fisihing Extravaganza on Gull lake near Nisswa Minn. The 24th annual event is billed as the world's largest ice fishing contest. 
6 Ice fishing anglers walk on to the Gull Lake near Nisswa, Minn., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 to compete in the $150,000 Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. Billed as the "world's largest ice fishing contest" anglers brave sub-zero temperatures on Hole-in-the-Day Bay to raise money for Confidence Learniing Center and other charities. 
7 Joe Gritzmacher of Pierz Minn., holds up his fish as he walked to the weigh-in tent to have the fish checked in. Over 10,000 anglers from the Midwest and Minnesota took part in the 24th annual Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake's Hole in the Day Bay on Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. The fishermen competed for over $200,000 in prizes and all proceeds benefited area charities. 
8 Art Karskoy of Nisswa MN hold up his winning 4.73 pound walleye Saturday, Jan 25, 2014, at the $150,000 Brainerd Jaycees ice Fishing Extravaganza on Gull Lake near Nisswa MN. The first place winner won a new GMC pickup truck.