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Finders Keepers

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About Finders Keepers

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  • Birthday 12/02/1976

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    Male
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    Ontario, NY
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    Fishing, storm chasing, teaching, DJ'ing, music & movies, saltwater reef systems, underwater lighting and videography...
  • Home Port
    Port Bay
  • Boat Name
    Jimmy Rigger

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  1. Finders Keepers

    NYS Summer Classic

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    This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (in boats, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 10 categories of fish to go after with an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 60+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! Any questions can be directed to tournament director Tim Thomas at (585) 330-0494. Website: www.NYSsummerclassic.com
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    NYS Winter Classic Tournament

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    This is a statewide tournament event that allows anglers to fish any waterway in NY state using any legal angling method (ice, open water, from shore & piers, etc.) any time of day for a period of two months. It features 7 categories of fish to go after with Weekly Awards packages, Monthly awards, and an overall cash payout based on the number of anglers that enter. There is also a Catch & Release event running alongside the Classic this year for Pike, Trout, and Walleye - this is a separate event from the Classic with its own registration and prize pool that will feature a 100% payout this year. Anglers can bring fish in to any of the 65+ weigh-in locations across the state based on where they are fishing, and there is a protocol for fishing after hours. The event website has a map of the weigh-in locations, online leader boards, tournament announcements, and any other information regarding the event including registration. The event concludes with a sportsman show and awards ceremony to be held at the Batavia Downs Casino Resort, where all Top-3 placing anglers will be housed overnight as part of their awards package. Over $10,000 in door prizes and giveaways will be handed out at the awards ceremony that all anglers are encouraged to attend! Any questions can be directed to tournament director Tim Thomas at (585) 330-0494. Website: www.NYSwinterclassic.com
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    2019 NYS Winter Classic

    Yes you are correct in the 1-in-7 shot, however the first place angler who is chosen will have the choice between the 3 Grand Prize awards ($500 Cash, $1,000 HD10i-Pro Aqua-Vu Camera, or Free Fish Mount), the Second Place angler chosen will have a choice of the two remaining prizes, and the third place angler chosen will receive the remaining prize. The $500 cash could also increase to $750 or $1,000 cash if we receive enough entries. I doubt we will see enough to push it more than $1,000 this year...
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    Huminbird Helix 7 ice fishing unit

    Long range models show a pattern shift in the jet stream 1.5-2 weeks out, then the flood gates open for the cold out of Canada... Let's hope that forecast holds!
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    Huminbird Helix 7 ice fishing unit

    Agreed!! I think it'll come, just taking it's sweet time this year...
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    Huminbird Helix 7 ice fishing unit

    Yes, the one in Henrietta. There is a pretty good line-up of seminars planned: 11am: Suspicious Lines Taxidermy will present on Skin Mounts for Beginners 12pm: Scott Brauer will present on Rigging Plastics to Mimic Bugs in the Water Table 1pm: I'll present on Benefits of Using Underwater Cameras 3pm: I'll present on New Developments in Ice Shelter Designs Fillet Away Mat Demos at 10am, 2pm, 4pm.
  7. Finders Keepers will be in - can't wait! Always a highlight of the season!! We look forward to seeing everyone there!
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    Huminbird Helix 7 ice fishing unit

    The unit is fantastic! I will have it at the Field & Stream Ice Show on Sun Jan. 6th from 10-5 if you want to stop in and check it out. I have the original version, not the G2 unit now available.
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    2019 NYS Winter Classic

    Tonight we confirmed that we will once again have 3 main Grand Prize Awards: 1. Cash Award (currently $500) 2. Aqua-Vu HD10i-Pro 3. Free Fish Mount from Hirsch Taxidermy These will be awarded by random draw, first drawing for the seven 1st place anglers, second drawing from the seven 2nd place anglers, and third drawing from the seven 3rd place anglers.We will also have an Aqua-Vu Micro Revolution 5.0 Pro for the female angler that weighs in the largest overall fish for the ladies! Lots more to come, stay tuned! Follow all the action at: www.NYSwinterclassic.com
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    2019 NYS Winter Classic

    100% of prizes and payouts have been given out (with few exceptions like acrylic angler achievement awards that have not been picked up and I don't want to ship due to a risk of breakage, and last year's Steelhead award that hasn't been completed yet by the artist due to a delay in supplies). Because this is a statewide event, those who do not attend the awards ceremony to pick up their prize(s) have had their prize(s) delivered to their nearest weigh-in when we travel the state. If they don't pick their prize up we have no control over that and we are not going to ship the prizes as the costs would be huge. Occasionally something falls through the cracks and we have made right on all of those instances - like last year there was a wrong count for the number of Clam buckets for the event - I accidentally put 35 into our inventory instead of 25 and we were 10 short. As it turned out, some anglers won multiple buckets and didn't want them so we ended up having extras to give to those who needed them still. Other anglers have thought they could get rich from our event and that we would be paying out $10,000's in the payout event though like most other events, this one has an incremented payout with the number of participants. With enough participation this event could be one of the highest paying events in the country, but we're not there yet. This event is also being run by a corporation that will cover its expenses to set up and run the event, so we do not offer a 100% payback like some would like us to. However, since it is a company running the event and we do an astounding amount of legwork you will not find another event with a greater amount of prizes to offload due to the amazing sponsor backing these events have. These statewide events are not for everyone and we realize that no matter how much effort we put into them we will not make all anglers happy - and that's ok. But anyone who says we have not paid out what we said we would or given out what we advertised we would is a naysayer and their allegations are simply not true. We can track down virtually every item and know exactly where it went. If an item is not won or given back to the event by an angler it is put back into the prize pool either for the Summer Classic or Winter Classic.
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    2019 NYS Winter Classic

    Mark the date: The awards ceremony for the 2019 Winter Classic will be hosted by the Batavia Downs Casino on March 16th where all Top-3 placing anglers across all 7 categories will be given free lodging as part of their awards package. There will also be a sportsman show preceding the awards during the day from 10-3. There are currently over 200 registered anglers, ahead of last year's count and on track to take the event over 1,000 participants this year where the Grand Prize increases and we start packing cash into the Weekly Awards (largest fish entered each week for each of the smaller species, and new leaders for the Pike, Trout, and Walleye). Get all the latest info and check out the newest weigh-in locations at: www.NYSwinterclassic.com
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    2019 NYS Winter Classic

    Registration for this year's event opens October 1st with the option to join the NYS Classic Anglers Club where anglers in the club will have exclusive access to the club-only Facebook page, be invited to exclusive club membership outings and events, receive a free exclusive club decal and discounts on apparel. All the details will be released on Oct. 1st through Facebook and the website: www.NYSwinterclassic.com Confirmed sponsors for this year's event include: Batavia Downs Casino Frabill Plano Clam HT Automatic Fisherman Ice Well Live Well Fillet Away Fish Mats Aqua-Vu Kahtoola Makiplastic Koyote Ugly Spoons FishUSA Bass Pro Shops Field & Stream Deep Freeze Savage Gear Green Mountain Sporting Supply Nautic Sport Deep Freeze Rose Creek Anglers CMe Trolling Sullivan Tip Down Hirsch Taxidermy Vital Signs & Design Northland Fishing Tackle Ice Strong Celox Line Cutterz Ice Fishing Tournament Guide Let's Catch Fish Takin' It Outdoors The Outdoor Beat Lake Ontario United Nebulus Soco Baits Hammond Tackle Many more to come once they are confirmed. The awards ceremony location will be determined and announced as soon as negotiations are finalized. There will be weekly awards packages again this year for the largest fish fish of each each category caught and a Grand Prize starting at $500 that will be a random draw from all 1st place finishers at the awards ceremony. If the event tops 1,000 anglers the weekly awards will include cash as well as prizes, and the Grand Prize increments to $2,000 cash. The full Prize Pool can be found off of the website link for "Prize Structure", the Weekly awards packages will be updated and posted later this fall once we begin to allocate all of the sponsored prizes.
  13. Was a fantastic event as always, thanks Tom, Steph and crew! We took a gamble this year and it didn't pay off for us, but that's the way the dice roll sometimes... Congrats to all that placed in this prestigious event - well done! See everyone again next year!
  14. An awesome event as always!! Looking forward to next year!!
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    Best launch in Port Bay?

    Yeah, with a ramp on either side. The southern launch has one ramp and a dock as well.
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