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February 28, 2014

Ice-fishing derby reels in chili chefs

Colby Classic touts $500 for prize fish

SARANAC LAKE — The mayor here and a “sous chef” trustee are tackling winter’s chill with chili.

Their secret recipe will be served Saturday at the Colby Classic Ice Fishing Derby, a long-time fishing contest staged from the frozen shores of Lake Colby.

“We call it ‘9-1-1 Chili’ because some people —though not very many — may need to quench the ‘fire’ real fast after taking a bite and call for some emergency help,” Mayor Clyde Rabideau claimed of their spicy recipe.

“This Saranac Lake dish will definitely warm the ‘innards’.”

Chili Chef-du-jour is Trustee Tom Catillaz, who was having fun getting the chili pots ready on Thursday.

“This is the perfect dish to fight the freezin’ on a winter’s day,” he said via email.

“And we’re very thankful that we’re across the street from the emergency room at Adirondack Medical Center,” he joked.

Rabideau and trustees will serve their hot, winter-chill remedy at the Saranac Lake Fish and Game Club’s 30th-annual Colby Classic, which gets underway at 7 a.m. Saturday on Lake Colby.

Village officials-turned-lunch-cooks will start serving in the beach house at about noon.

They aren’t, however, revealing any spicy secrets.

“Let’s just say I’m not afraid of garlic or Frank’s Hot Sauce,” Rabideau allowed on Thursday, even as air temperatures dipped to some double-digit number below zero (again).

BIG FISH, BIG PRIZE

As for the ice fishing, it promises a few big ones.

Fish and Game Club President Dave Bodah said Department of Environmental Conservation officials tagged 15 fish last week and released them under the ice.

Anyone who catches a Colby “prize” fish will win cold, hard cash.

“I know the fish that we put in this year are pretty big,” Bodah told the Press-Republican. “The salmon tagged is about five pounds and worth a $500 prize. The others, trout and splake, are close to two pounds and worth $100 to anyone who catches one.”

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