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Sat Oct 25 03:26:08 SAST 2014

Big fish evades the thousands

Sapa-AFP | 18 February, 2013 00:25
People fish during a traditional ice fishing competition on a lake near Viljandi
People fish during a traditional ice fishing competition on a lake near Viljandi February 16, 2013. Several thousand fishing lovers took part in the event to try to catch 130 marked fishes to win prize money.
Image by: INTS KALNINS / REUTERS

Thousands took to the ice of a frozen lake in southern Estonia on Saturday in the hopes of catching the big one - a marked fish worth a 50 000 euros jackpot.

But it was the one that got away, despite 6500 people trying their luck at the Estonian Gold Fish Festival on Lake Viljandi, organisers said. The annual festival saw 130 marked fish released into the lake a week earlier. To win the jackpot contestants had to catch 17 marked fish from three types and the jackpot fish. Nursing student Merike Maetaga, 28, from Tartu, was the day's big winner, catching a fish worth 3000 euros.

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