Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hundreds of anglers gathered on Friday night on the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) campus, all preparing for Saturday morning and the 19th annual ALS Walleye Fishing Tournament on Island Lake.
The tournament was started in 1996 and has since raised $2.1 million aimed at helping to find a cure for Lou Gehrig's Disease, or ALS.
Not everyone that participates in the tournament has a personal connection to the disease, but for those who do, it's a fight they continue to want to win.
"When it's personal like that, when you see somebody that goes through this," tournament celebrity host and UMD graduate Jim Johnson said, "you want to do everything you can to create hope for those patients with ALS."
The tournament features two-man teams fishing on Island Lake, and the 2013 winners, Steve Littler and Ron Carl, Jr., are back this year to defend their title.