RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Russia's Dmitry Eliseev is the new World Ice Fishing Champion after beating a field of 78 others on the frozen Baltic Sea off the coast of the Latvian capital.
Organizers said Eliseev's total catch of 5.2 kilograms (11.46 pounds) was more than a kilogram (2.2 pounds) heavier than that of Denys Novgorodskii of Ukraine and two kilograms heavier than what third-place finisher Latvia's Aldis Varna reeled in.
Ukraine won the best team title after the final round of the international angling championship in Riga on Sunday, with a haul of 15.9 kilograms, a kilogram heavier than second-place Latvia. Russia was third with a total catch of 14.7 kilograms.
Organizers say the weather brought "a wide spectrum (of) sun, snow, wind, snowstorm, then again the sun, wind, snow" during the two-day tournament.