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By David Martin
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Fishing derby nets numerous burbot

 

David Martin

Utah Division of Wildlife Biologist Ryan Mosley scans a large, eight-pound burbot for a tracking tag Sunday at Buckboard Marina. The marina hosted the yearly Burbot Classic fishing tournament during the weekend.

While ice was mostly nonexistent on the Flaming Gorge, it didn't stop more than 100 dedicated anglers from catching hundreds of pounds of burbot.

"It was different, I like ice fishing more, but it's fun in a boat too," 12-year-old Jamie Sprecher said.

The rules for the Burbot Classic fishing tournament were modified to allow fishing from the shore and from boats this year in recognition of poor ice conditions throughout the Flaming Gorge. A previous tournament, the Burbot Bash, was cancelled due to deteriorating ice conditions and the death of a fisherman near Lost Dog prior to the tourname...



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