Ben Blegan Biography

Ben Blegan is a current resident of Becker, MN, where he lives with his extremely supportive wife Ashley and newborn daughter Alexandra.  Ben is a competitive tournament hard water angler, fishing the North American Ice Fishing Circuit with team partner and twin brother Luke Blegan.  Ben is Pro Staff for CNY Custom Rods, for Beam Outdoors and Pro Staff with the NAIFC.  He has filmed for Midwest Outdoors TV, interviewed with various paper publications, podcasts and radio.  After joining the NAIFC circuit in 2009, Ben has 8 top 15 qualifier finishes which includes two 1st place finishes and a 5th place finish.  Ben has also finished 3rd in 2011 and 12th in 2012 for NAIFC’s team of the year.

Ben’s ice fishing addiction was inspired at a young age by a couple of close family friends who took the time to introduce him to the sport and enjoyment of ice fishing.  It was these family friends who taught him the basics of ice fishing and the overall enjoyment of what ice fishing has to offer.  Through this and many other on ice experiences, Ben took his skills and turned them toward competitive ice fishing.  He has also had many opportunities to share his skills and knowledge by giving the NAIFC’s Friday night seminars throughout the United States.  He has also had an opportunity to give seminars at the Wisconsin Ice Fishing Shows.  Ben continues teaching hard water education by helping kids learn how to fish at many of the NAIFC’s Saturday kids camp.

Ben recently competed on the USA Ice Team at the World Ice Fishing Competition in Latvia earlier in 2017. Give it up for our 2018 #USAIceTeam anglers! The following men finished at the top during the weekend-long tryout session and will be traveling overseas and fishing for our country in world competition in March 2018:

Chad Schaub
Anthony Rodriguez
Ben Blegen
Shawn Hennings
Nick Schertz
Jake Meek

Just as important are the official spotters and staff, who will be announced at a later date. Also stay tuned for the official announcement of which country will be hosting the 2018 WIFC!  Thanks for all of your support and congrats to those listed above who will be our official anglers. #WeFishForGold

Learn more about the USA Ice Team.




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