RHINELANDER - People from across the country came to Rhinelander Friday to compete at the USA Ice Team open trials. Yes, ice fishing has a national team.
"This entire weekend is our US trials," said USA Ice Team Coach Brian Gaber. "So just like gymnastics or hockey or any other US national team, they've got a finals weekend. We've got twenty anglers from four or five different states, Nebraska, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin, trying out for our team."
The world championships will be in Latvia next year. About two dozen people are fishing to get about six spots on the team.
"We're fishing head to head heats, so we're paired up with another angler," said 2015 World Championship Team Member Bob Esbensen. "It's the first one to three fish who wins that heat, and then they do another pairing."
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