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2016 Valentine Chamber Of Commerce CorK Thornton memorial Ice Fishing Tournament

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Former tournament angler, hunting and fishing guide. Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing "Hall of Fame" in 2017. Active member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Past Executive Director (AGLOW). Howey has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 with his award winning syndicated "Of the Outdoors" columns appearing in magazine, newspapers, and tabloids throughout he upper Midwest and nationally.

January 27, 2016

This years Valentine Chamber tournament was held on the twelve inches of ice on Alkali Lake south of Valentine, NE. with thirty teams hitting the ice during excellent weather conditions.  This was a catch and release tournament with the length being converted to pounds. A total of one hundred-twenty four fish were weighed and releases.

Coming out on top was the team of Don Cox, Mullen, NE and Dave Fehlhafer, Donopin, NE. with 17 crappies 9″ t 12″ that weighed 13.5 pounds and a 20″ catfish at 3 pounds, 25″ pike at 4.4 pounds for a total weight of 20.9 pounds. In second was the team of Jim & Chris Elliott, Valentine, NE. with the largest fish of the tournament, a 12.2 pound pike and a total weight of 18.6 pounds. In third place with 18.3 pounds,was the defending champions team  of Dan Priel, Cambridge, NE. and Kent Priel, North Platte, NE. Merritt Tourney


Rounding out the top ten teams were:

4th Place   Marcus Dryak & Stan Dryak, Niobrara, NE.                  16.2 pounds

5th Place  Nick Larsen, Valentine, NE. & Jay Elliot, Omaha, NE.  14.4 pounds

6th Place  Brenton lammers, Lincoln, NE. & Alex Rohde, Laurel, NE.

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