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 Big Jig Fundraiser

See a video clip of the 2009 event

Fishing for a Cause

As the temperatures drop and the wind speed picks up, UMD Athletics continues to plan events to make the winter months lively. This Valentine’s Day from noon to 3 p.m., UMD offers the Big Jig Ice Fishing Contest. The Big Jig is in its tenth year here at UMD and has established itself as one of the area’s largest ice fishing events.

UMD Athletic Director and director of the Big Jig event, Bob Nielson said he believes this event will continue to be successful in the future.

“We get feedback that people really like the event and they especially like the great prizes. We take a lot of pride in the staffing the Big Jig. The staff are almost all UMD student athletes and athletic staff. They are the ones who ultimately benefit from the event,” he said.

With nearly $50,000 in prizes for the top 100 fish, UMD Athletics has planned yet another event to prove Northlanders have the constitution to live in a cold Duluth winter. At past Big Jig tournaments, UMD Athletics offered cars, snowmobiles and cruises as prizes. This year, the prizes offered include $5,000 and an ATV. The Big Jig will take place on Pike Lake off Midway Road.

“UMD Athletics tries to make events that are fun and unique to the Northland, but also help out the community and UMD in some way,” Nielson said.

This catch and release event will fundraise money for UMD Athletics scholarship programs. Potentially, they can raise over $50,000 for scholarships. They also donate the unreleased fish to the local food shelf.

"The tournament is the Athletic Department's largest and most consistent one-day fundraiser of the year,” Nielson said.

The tournament takes the first 3,000 entrants, no age requirement, with tickets costing $35 per line prior to the event and $40 per line on the ice the day of the event. There is a limit of two lines per person. The tournament hosts will once again be Grand Rapids residents Scott and Marty Glorvigen.

Top Fish prizes go to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 50th and 100th largest fish of the day:
1st -- $5,000
2nd -- Voyagaire Lodge and Houseboats three day trip
3rd -- Honda BF15 DKLHT Outboard
50th -- 2009 Yamaha Grizzly 350 2X4 ATV
100th -- $1,000

For more information call 218-788-2544 or go to for registration forms, rules sheets and weather cancellations.

2009 VIDEO

Written by Mandee Kuglin,

UMD home page editor, Cheryl Reitan,
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