"This," says Polish coach Zibi Wojcik, "is an all-out war." Whether Wojcik is prone to hyperbole or not, the World Ice Fishing Championship competition is certainly physical and intense, with fishers, as they are called, racing on foot from spot to spot, using only instincts and observation, drilling holes as fast as they can churn their hand augers, fishing with one eye on their own line and the other glancing continuously to see who might be catching fish. There are lessons to be learned by regular anglers, but the sport is compelling to watch on its own merits, too. Each country puts out its top five fishers, one in each designated area, and they go head to head during a three-hour period, with no timeouts or breaks. No electronics (sonar, GPS, etc.) are allowed. No power augers, either.