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Anglers Flood to Mobridge for the Ninth Annual Chamber Fishing Tournament

12/22/2009
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MOBRIDGE, S.D. - With the recent cold weather, ice conditions are set for another great season of ice fishing on Lake Oahe and the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to host the largest two-person ice fishing tournament in the Midwest, held January 9, 2010.

Anglers from 14 states and Canada make up the 800 fishermen registered for the event, which filled up in less than ten days. The popularity of this event is driven by great fishing, beautiful scenery, a charged atmosphere, comradeship, and the hospitality of the Mobridge community. All of this is complemented by the chance to win over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

"We found great sponsors, allowing us to purchase an unbelievable amount of prizes," said Jesse Konold, Mobridge Chamber President. "This tournament would not have grown to what it is today without their support. The anglers who attend this event are guaranteed to have a good time, develop lasting friendships, and hopefully find some fish."

Anglers who participate in the one day tournament impact the Mobridge community by tens of thousands of dollars. In a study completed by the local tourism committee, it is estimated that nearly $135,000 is spent by participants during the week of the tournament.

"The economic impact of this tournament is huge," said Brent Kemnitz, owner of the MoRest Motel. "Anglers started to book rooms and make plans after last year’s tournament to make sure they would have a place to stay for the 2010 event. The entire community is affected either directly or indirectly by this one tournament."

For more information on the Ninth Annual Mobridge Chamber Fishing Tournament, please visit http://www.mobridge.org/ or contact Jesse Konold at jesse@keyagency.com.

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