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Ticonderoga ice fishing tourney to aid celebration

‘Best Fourth in the North’ event Feb. 12

The Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” committee will host its inaugural Pan Fish Tournament Sunday, Feb. 12,  at the Ticonderoga ferry landing on Lake Champlain 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shawn Hayes, co-organizer, shows Amos Cooke and Carl Rice the ins and outs of the sport.

The Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” committee will host its inaugural Pan Fish Tournament Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Ticonderoga ferry landing on Lake Champlain 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shawn Hayes, co-organizer, shows Amos Cooke and Carl Rice the ins and outs of the sport.

— The Ticonderoga “Best Fourth in the North” committee normally hopes for warm, sunny skies. Ice has never been a concern.

It will be Sunday, Feb. 12. That’s when the group, which plans the annual Ticonderoga July 4th celebration, will host its inaugural Pan Fish Tournament.

The ice fishing tourney will be held at the Ticonderoga ferry landing on Lake Champlain 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $20 a person or a family of three members.

“In addition to being a fundraiser for the ‘Best Fourth in the North’ celebration the committee wanted to host an event for the community, youth, families and area visitors during the winter season,” said John Sheehan, a committee member and tournament organizer. “With the support of the committee, the Hague Fish & Game Club and co-organizer Shawn Hayes we are able to not only provide a great event for the community, but remind people that the ‘Best Fourth in the North’ committee is working year round for the Ticonderoga area.”

Prizes will be 40 percent of the entry fees. If 100 people register the first place prize will be $400, Sheehan pointed out.

There will also be a $100 for the largest fish caught of any species.

“Any child under the age of 14 will be entered to a raffle for a lifetime fishing license,” Sheehan said. “In addition $200 of the event’s profits will be put toward future outdoor youth activities.”

Participants can pre-register or register at event. Registration the date of the event will be 7:30 to 9:30 a.m Advance registration forms are available at the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce, Norm’s Bait & Tackle in Crown Point and online at www.best4thinthenorth.com.

There will also be an ice fishing bucket raffle in conjunction with the tournament. The drawing will be held the day of the tournament. Raffle tickets are $3 each, two for $5 and five for $10. The prize includes three tip ups, two jig rods combos with reels, one ice scoop, one bait scoop, one fish pail with seat as well as assorted jigs, flies and an ice auger. The total package is a $250 value. All products were donated by Norm’s Bait & Tackle of Crown Point. For tickets contact a committee member or visit the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce office.

All New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Lake Champlain fishing regulations will apply during the tournament. Other tournament rules are available online at www.best4thinthenorth.com

Should the ice be deemed unsafe that day the tournament will be canceled and all registration fees will be refunded.

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