C: 2013 Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby

MEREDITH — The Meredith Rotary Club has announced that the Great Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby for 2013 will be enhanced to provide all cash prizes for the winning fishermen. A new prize structure will enable fishemen to win the top prize with the capture of the largest fish in the seven available categories. The derby is scheduled for February, 9-10, 2013.
"We conducted a survey of our database of participants from prior years and then consulted with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and our judges. The result is a new prize structure that opens the chances of big prizes to more fishermen. Now fishermen who catch the largest white perch, yellow perch, cusk, pickerel, black crappie, lake trout, and rainbow trout all have an equal chance at the big prizes. Moreover," continued Jim Nagle, Chairman of the 2013 Derby, "since fish from any New Hampshire lake are eligible for a prize, we are reducing pressure on Lake Winnipesaukee. This will reduce the impact on the lake's off-season salmon.
"By moving to all cash prizes, we are much more in line with the desires of our fishermen as expressed in our survey. The first through fifth fish boarded in each category (white perch, yellow perch, cusk, pickerel, black crappie, lake trout and rainbow trout) each day will win cash prizes of $250 (heaviest) to $50. The anglers with the top fish in each category for Saturday and Sunday will now be eligible for the top three cash prizes," Nagle said.
Late breaking information is always available on the Meredith Rotary Club website, and online sales of Derby tickets will be available through the website (www.meredithrotary.org) beginning October 1, 2012. The all cash prize structure and new Derby Rules will be included in the Derby brochure which will be mailed to people listed in the club's database in October, and will also be highlighted on the website beginning September 10, 2012.