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Style came in all colors at Eelpout Festival in Leech Lake Minnesota.
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These anglers went skunked on eelpout, but they did manage to land one perch.
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This tournament is about more than just fishing.
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Meet the beauties and the Eelpout beast.
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This festivalgoer’s hat was imported from Europe. The women however, were from Minnesota.
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These three Eelpout veterans set up on prime Leech Lake real estate.
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Serious Eelpouters know that beads, beards and beer are a must.
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The Eelpout Festival brings thousands of people every year.
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With the encouragement of onlookers, these festivalgoers took a dip.
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Festival officials knew how to keep the crowd warm.
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Clothes, for the most part, are optional.
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Two lucky Minnesotans meet members of the bikini ice fishing team.
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At least the guy with the orange hat is going to keep his ears warm.
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USA! USA! USA!
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Anglers from across the country brought ice houses, vans and campers to Leech Lake.
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The eelpout is perhaps one of Minnesota’s ugliest fish species.
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So that’s what an eelpout looks like, eh?
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The notorious eelpout on display here at the weigh in station.
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A helicopter at an ice fishing festival? Why not?
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This engineer built a jigging system out of a hockey stick, a fishing reel, and a battery. However, the rig did not help him catch any fish.
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This angler was the only one from his group to catch an eelpout. He was also the only one in his group to wear a pink necklace.
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These fellas wanted to get a better view of the lake.
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While it is unknown if this festivalgoer caught any fish, it is almost guaranteed that was able to catch a healthy dose of frostbite.
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Meet the queens of Eelpout.
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Hitchhiking is a favorite pastime at Eelpout.
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It’s just not ice fishing without a barbecue.
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The ice fishing bikini team put on several shows at Eelpout festival.
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The bikini team is made up of models who like to ice fish.
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Ice fishing bibs never looked better.
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This is perhaps the best looking fishing team ever assembled.
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There was plenty to smile about at Eelpout.
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Ice fishing got a whole lot hotter.
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These ladies travel to ice fishing tournaments all around Minnesota.
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Pink fishing poles sales tripled in sales only hours after the bikini ice fishing team’s show.
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Everyone loves a girl who can fish.
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Say hello to the hottest angler from North Dakota.
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Who needs a power auger anyway?
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No one at Eelpout complained about drilling their own ice fishing holes.
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The bikini team perfected the art of using an ice auger.
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Having groomed hair is a must for ice fishing.
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Never go out on the ice without a buddy.
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Red was the hot color at Eelpout.
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Fishing and bikinis? The perfect combination.
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Thank you ice fishing gods, thank you.
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You gotta love a girl in camo.
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The sunsets on the Eelpout festival.
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This was the biggest, and ugliest, fish caught at Eelpout.