Ice fishing in Vermont and Castleton football.
"Doesn't get any better than that," Castleton supporter Bill Bunker said.
With laughter and smiles serving as the consensus this past Saturday on Lake Bomoseen, the first Castleton State College Ice Fishing Derby hit an 11 on its scale of success.
"I think this is something we are going to continue to look at from a fundraising standpoint." coach Marc Klatt said. "The lake is only 15 miles from campus which is great and it gives our players a chance to mix and mingle with the town."
Despite the cold temperatures, more than 100 participants came out for the fundraiser, which raised $1500 for the football team.
It's great to see the support we have, especially when people come out," junior linebacker Mick Wong said. "We are happy to do our part to help too."
While the participants fished, the Spartans did their part, weighting, filling out paperwork and running the daily operations at the Fish Tail Tavern.
"We had the lineman carry the fish, we didn't want any quarterbacks hurting themselves," Wong said.
"If we are being honest, the big guys carry the fish and the smart guys do the counting," junior running back Elias LaCount said.
Talk about your catch of the day, cash prizes were given out for the largest trout, bass, perch and Northern Pike and the Vermont fisherman did not disappoint.
"There is a lot of skill and fundamentals in how they do this," Klatt said. "I'm impressed with the folks so far."
And even in the middle of January, the Spartans are thinking about their next bite, off a 7-4 season, that saw a few big ones drop when the game was on the line.
"We get another opportunity, when we kick of the season Sept. 7th at Plymouth," Klatt said. "We're excited to get out there and get that big fish."
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