Despite weather, rain, fishermen still took to Lake Superior for Captain's Platter contest

By KBJR News 1

June 14, 2014 Updated Jun 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - It might not have been the best conditions for fishing, but some Northland anglers braved the waters of Lake Superior for the annual Captain's Platter Fishing Contest Saturday.

The contest is put on by the Duluth Sail and Power Squadron, whose objective is to promote safe boating through public education, as well as offering vessel safety checks.

Last year, the popular event drew more than 200 participants.

Past Commander Todd Carlson mentioned that the conditions on the lake were not ideal for a fishing contest, but they did reinforce the use of safety on the big lake.

"The smartest thing you can do is really watching what the weather is doing," said Todd Carlson, of the Duluth Sail & Power Squadron, "letting people know when your going to leave and go out fishing. A day like today, the worst thing that could happen is to go out and obviously not come back," added Carlson.

Any profits from the contest go back into the program for purchasing educational equipment to help the community be safer boaters.

Shawn Frost