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It's a family affair

Michael 'Hack' Patterson reflects on the Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby


Connie Patterson

Michael "Hack" Patterson smiles with pride over the cooler that his granddaughter, Alysia Henderson, painted for him. Patterson said that Henderson sanded down the stock cooler and covered it with Bondo in preparation for the striking paint job.

Michael Patterson (you probably know him as 'Hack') has participated in every Saratoga Lake Ice Fishing Derby. That's more than 30 derbies since the first one in 1983. "I can't imagine missing one or where I would have been or why. At least last year I told them I have been," Patterson said.

Patterson is also the proprietor of Hack's Tackle & Outfitters on 1st Street just south of the bridge, a business he took full-time in 1993. He doesn't let work get in the way of the derby though. "I've always fished the derby. I've always said that if I can't do the things I really enjoy, then I'm...

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