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Michael Thompson of Minneapolis (left) and Lawrence Luoma of Big Lake (right) received awards from tournament director Gary Rehbeim (center) for their first place finish in the Team Extreme Ice Fishing Contest. (Contributed)

Luoma, Thompson win Team Extreme ice fishing contest

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A total of 11 teams took part in the first of the Team Extreme Ice Fishing tournaments held on Lake Osakis Sunday, with Lawrence Luoma of Big Lake and Michael Thompson of Minneapolis taking top honors with a total of nine pounds of fish hauled in.

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This team event had two anglers allowed per team, with each team allowed to weigh in eight crappies and eight sunfish. Finishing in second place were Garret Svir and Kim Svir with eight pounds, six ounces of fish. The two also claimed the big fish crown with a 2.5 pound catch.

"I feel this was a very successful event for our first one," tournament director Gary Rehbein said. "I was trying to get around 30-50 teams, but it can be difficult when you are new.  I do expect more teams to get on board as we grow.  It has been very exciting developing our events, and I believe we have room to grow."

Mr. Ice Fishing, Dave Genz, was on hand for the weigh-in. Genz is recognized as the creator of the winter fishing system, an overall approach to ice fishing and the developer of the modern ice gear. He was a member of the silver medal-winning Team USA in the 1992 World Ice Fishing Championships and was inducted into the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame in 2002.

The first place winners took home $609 and two IceArmor snow suits, while second place claimed $310 and third place was awarded $182.

The next fishing action will be on Lake Minnewaska in Glenwood on January 27, followed by Pelican Lake in Monticello on February 27, Clearwater Lake in St. Cloud on March 3, Round Lake in Brainerd on March 31 and Mille Lacs Lake in Garrison on April 7.

"I would like to thank our sponsors and Head of the Lakes Resort for helping us make this possible," Rehbein said. "Without them, it would be very difficult to put these together. We plan on coming back next year and would like to see more teams involved with our tournament circuit."

TEAM EXTREME ICE FISHING

LAKE OSAKIS

1ST PLACE - Lawrence Luoma-Michael Thompson, total - 9 pounds.

2ND PLACE - Garret Svir-Kim Svir, total - 8 pounds, 6 ounces.

3RD PLACE - Ryan Hylla-Jeremy Feldewerd, 8 pounds, 1.5 ounces.

4TH PLACE - Brett Johnson-Justin Nieland, 7 pounds, 15.5 ounces.

5TH PLACE - Joshua Sykora-Steve Mathews, 7 pounds, 12.5 ounces.

6TH PLACE - Mark Stevens-Hunter Hermanson, 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

7TH PLACE - Keith Kuebelbeck-Duff Peddycourt, 7 pounds, 7 ounces.

8TH PLACE - Mitch Thies-Scott Neubert, 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

9TH PLACE - Dominick Hermanson-Anthony Hermanson, 7 pounds, 0.5 ounces.

10TH PLACE - Luke Jara-Shawn Seibert, 5 pounds, 4.5 ounces.

11TH PLACE - Craig Hazen-Steven Lundeen, 4 pounds, 14.5 ounces.

BIG FISH - Garret Svir-Kim Svir, 2.5 pounds; Ryan Hylla-Jeremy Feldewerd, 2.4 pounds.

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