Many of us opting to keep warm this time of year. But some people actually enjoy and look forward to events in the cold temperatures. One of those groups, ice fisherman competing in an annual competition in Sullivan County. That's where we find our Eva McKend.
FALLSBURG, N.Y. - One might wonder why anyone would be out in the cold braving such frigid temperature. For the fishermen and women, it's all about tradition.
Families have been coming to Morningside Lake for years. They tell us the pastime is just a part of winter here in Sullivan County.
"Me and my friends were just wrestling and Hunter just yelled, 'the tip up,' and I got it," said Josh Gore.
It happened so quickly, it caught 8 year old Gore by surprise.
More than 200 people pack the lake in Hurleyville, all hoping to catch some pickerel, perch or panfish.
"Once you see that tip up, you just start running, hoping it's a fish and didn't leave yet," said Karisa Simpson.
Fathers and sons, granddaughters and grandfathers; it's a family tradition.
In the Catskills, many learn how to ice fish soon after they learn how to walk. It's the love of the game that brought them all to the 26th Annual Hurleyville Fire Department and Town of Fallsburg Youth Commission contest.
"It's the great outdoors. This is a great lake for fishing. It's a crown jewel out here in the Town of Fallsburg. It's great bass fishing and the lake has a good reputation of producing fish and sometimes real big fish, so it keeps people coming," said Jack Halchak, the event organizer.
Fire companies from all of the local departments vie for bragging rights but it's just a friendly competition.
"We're all brothers and sisters in the fire service. It's part of the teamwork," said Charles Payne.