ALMA, WI- Once again teams across the Midwest met up in Alma, WI this last weekend for its second annual Pro Ice fishing tournament, Mayhem on the Mississippi Ice Fishing Tournament. Some of the biggest names in Tournament Ice Fishing came from NE, WI, IA, MN, WI, IL, and MI drilled 1000’s of holes to find the biggest 20 fish combo of perch, crappie or sunfish. Team Aaron Berg and Matt Thayer from Sheboygan, WI took home the top honors with a 20 fish limit of fish weighing 12.39 pounds. Right behind in 2nd place team was Brandon Newby from Wisconsin Rapids and Ryan Wilson from Waupaca, WI with a bucket of 20 fish weighing 11.38 lbs. Trailing in 3rd place was Jim Hesse and Zach Nodolski both from Lincoln Nebraska with an 11.34# bag. Alma, WI locals in Top 10 included: 14 year old, Jordan Fluekiger and Anthony Rodriguez finished with a 5th Place finish with a 9.57# bag; Jeff Rieck of Alma, WI and Greg Michels finished 8th with a 7.87# bag, respectively.
Saturday kicked off with 2nd Annual KIDS ICE FISHING CLINIC. A record breaking number of 57 kids and their parents hit the Ice at Breckow’s landing. Each kid was given a rod and reel with a lighted visor Jason Mitchell Outdoors baseball hat, donated by Jason Mitchell and Future Angler Foundation. Kids, parents and helpers from all over got an education they will never forget and memories that will last a lifetime.
Following the KIDS ICE CAMP was the charity banquet put on by the RUTTING RIDGE FOUNDATION, INC. Rutting Ridge Foundation Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit company that was created to help physically challenged youth and veterans enjoy a hunting/fishing trip of a lifetime that they would not normally be able to experience. From hunting giant whitetails & turkeys in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, to fishing for 10-pound walleyes in the Mississippi River, it’s an outdoor adventure they will never forget! Their memorable experience doesn’t stop there. We also provide our wheelchair bound outdoorsmen & women the means to be able to continue enjoying the outdoors long after their trip with us are over. Through the generous donations received from our friends, supporters & sponsors we are able to provide them with their very own Action Chair. These tank type wheelchairs allow them to go off road/trail and into areas that standard wheelchairs can only hope to go. Mud & hills are nothing more than fun obstacles. The chairs become theirs to keep, so they can experience the outdoors on their terms and access all the areas they desire.
If you would like to be a sponsor of RUTTING RIDGE FOUNDATION, INC, know kids in need of our service or would like to donate products feel free to contact us at:
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Special thanks goes out to all the sponsors that helped put this charity event, Kids Ice Fishing Clinic and tournament together; Alma Rod and Gun Club, John Halls Alaska Dream Cruises of Lake City, MN; Hillcrest Motel and Lodging, Rutting Ridge Outfitters in Buffalo County, WI; The Lost Shed Outfitters in Ohio, Alma Hotel/Union House Bar and Grill, Red Ram Bar and Grill, Paul Schultz of River Realty, RS NETS, Lacrosse Boots, Dankwardt Landscaping Kellogg, MN, River Valley Outfitters in Wabasha, MN; Durand Smoke House in Durand, WI; Eau Galle Cheese, River Guiding Services of Alma, TORO Company, BlueLine Marketing of Plainview, MN; Why Knot Guide Service, St.Croix Rods, Vexilar, Clam, XOP Tree Stands, Future Angler Foundation, Limit Creek Rods, Fowl Hunter-Joe Heintz, BreakWall Outfitters in Lake City, MN; Bic Graphics of Red Wing, MN; Four Season Sports Red Wing, MN; Jesse and Lisa Hanson, Tom Schultz, Hunter Schultz, Elain and Lonnie Ludwigson, Josh Kennedy, Ashley Reinhardt, Austin Fluekiger, Mac Moore, Lee and Doreen Fluekiger, Caleb Olson, Rob Stewart, Garrett Johnstone, Denise Sylvester, Mary Schwartz and Maggie Ziegweid.