To the civilized angling world, icefishing probably seems like a barbaric pursuit: Large bearded men sit on buckets and hunch over holes waiting to haul up unsuspecting fish by hand.
But, icefishermen know there's a certain beauty to the barbarism. Exhibit A: The world's largest icefishing tournament held annually on Gull Lake, Minnesota. Last Saturday 10,500 people attended the tournament, which has raised $2.8 million for charity throughout its 22-year existence. They braved 50 mph winds and -50 degree (no that's not a typo) wind chill temps in hopes of catching a few pike, perch, and walleyes. The tournament lasted three hours and the winner, Bror Linnerooth, won a new pick-up truck.
Our man Robert Benson was on the scene to cover the tournament. Here are 15 of his best photos from the event.
All photos by Robert Benson.