Some pint-sized fishermen hit Leaf Lake today, with a shot at prizes on the fishing line. WDAY News reporter Tyler Ziegler tells us about the first ever Hooligans Youth Fishing tournament and shows us how some anglers were more focused on their food than fish.

On Saturday you would find Leaf Lake littered with some of the state's youngest fishing experts. "Once I caught a 38-inch walleye," says fisherman Ian Ullrich. Over thirty kids under the age of fifteen braved the day's sub-zero temps, all for a chance to claim some prizes and the title of tournament champion.

"It's just about the families up here in the lakeside area you just an opportunity to get the kids some exposure to have some fun that is the most important piece of it," says Hooligans manager Douglas Gorton.

The tournament is a great opportunity for parents and their kids to bond, but for three young fishermen, today it's all about friends. "When you fish with your friends it's kind of more funner 'cause then you see like bigger fish and smaller fish and it makes you kind of excited to see your friends catch a fish," says some fishermen.

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Even if the fish don't bite and your hook stays empty, this fishing trip is still fun when surrounded by friends. Hooligans on Leaf lake will be hosting an adult fishing tournament on February 16th.