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.
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.