Area fishing contest winners share their tricks

Pictured are the North American Ice Fishing Circuit (NAIFC) La Porte contest champs, from left, Ryan Wilson and Brandon Newby, with first-place and big-fish "wood" trophies they won at Pine Lake on Sunday.

Not fishing during "pre-fishing" was key to victory in the big North American Ice Fishing Circuit contest at Pine Lake in La Porte on Sunday.

Wisconsin pros Brandon Newby and Ryan Wilson pounded the panfish to win the $1,600 first-place cash. They also claimed big-fish honors with a whopping, 1.47-pound crappie, which was good for an additional $260.

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