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  1. For the 2023 open water season there will be 3 tournament events that will offer anglers the exclusive option of catch & release for their fish entrees. These include: Great Lakes Salmon Showdown (Pro Division / Am Division) (May 1 - Sept. 30) NYS Summer Classic (Registration opens in March) (July 1 - Aug. 31) NYS Summer Classic Lake Ontario Boat Event (Registration opens in March) (July 1 - Aug. 31) These events are hosted on the Fish Donkey online platform where fish are entered in real time, at the time of the catch via length using pictures and/or videos and a bump board. In addition to the benefit of C&R, these events also feature/offer: *Live leaderboards that update in real time and notify all participants when a new leader in entered! *The ability to see all entrees as they are entered! *24/7 fishing within tourney hours without the need for extra travel to weigh-ins! *Photo and/or video evidence of every fish entered to protect the integrity of the angler's catch! *GPS/date/time info encrypted into every picture/video to ensure authenticity and prevent boundary violations! (GPS info can be decoded by a third party for yes or no questions only - no spots/exact coordinates given out to anyone) *App works even without cell coverage! (live update features will not be possible until back into coverage zone) *Exact start/end times - no race to get back for weigh-in or questionable entry into the pierheads! *Secure measurement protocols eliminate foul play opportunities - weighting the fish, holding fish over from previous days, etc. are not possible or simply won't matter! *Anglers-first mentality with full transparency! *Websites, weekly updates, and a huge online presence make finding tourney info easy to find! *Heavily sponsored/supported by local, regional, national, and international companies offering a wide selection of prizes! (varies from year to year) *Ability to enter the same fish in multiple events on the Fish Donkey platform within seconds! *Ability to participate and enter fish by yourself! *Full angler support from both tourney personnel and Fish Donkey! *Ability to practice entering fish before the main event! *Fish when you want / anglers do not have to fish on the foul weather days! *All anglers on the boat do not have to be entered - in the case of the LO Boat Event, everyone on board already IS entered with the boat! *Youth anglers are encouraged to participate and can place same as adults, plus go for youth specific awards (like a lifetime NYS Sportsman License)! We're gathering lots of new energy coming into these events via new sponsors, new awards to go after, and lots of fun!! Stay tuned for updates this spring and tight lines to all who enter this year!! Feel free to drop me a PM with any questions or give me a call direct at (585) 330-0494. Experience the next generation of fishing tournaments and bring the FUN back into tournament fishing!
  2. **Tourney Update - Week #3** If you are not entered into the NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament yet, now is the time to join and get in on the fun and excitement! Not only is the ice starting to build across the state on more waterways, but the next round of drawings is coming up on the 31st!! Get in on the drawings simply by registering here: Tourney Registration Lots of updates in today's post! Let's start with congratulating our Week #2 winners: Largest Pike: Kevin MacGonegal - 34.50" Largest Walleye: Dan Newstead - 22.75" Largest Trout: Chris Fisher - 26.00" Largest Pickerel: Daniel Hargrave - 25.50" Largest Crappie: Daniel Hargrave - 13.75" Largest Perch: Chris Fisher - 14.75" Largest Panfish: Frank Luta Jr. - 10.00" Here are the current Week #3 leaders: Largest Pike: Dominic Sergi - 36.50" Largest Walleye: Steven Rubyor - 28.75" Largest Trout: Kevin Zuniga - 31.75" Largest Pickerel: Justin Kelley - 25.75" Largest Crappie: Daniel Newstead - 12.25" Largest Perch: Brad Rutherford - 14.50" Largest Panfish: Donald Roberts - 9.00" The overall number of anglers is now up to 455 which has the payouts for all 7 main species up to: 1st Place = $500 2nd Place = $305 3rd Place = $185 4th Place = $25 FishUSA Gift Card (Note: in line with angler input, we will be holding 1st Place at $500 and boosting 2nd place until it reaches $400, then boosting 3rd place until it reaches $300, then we will add in 4th and 5th place payouts) Other current award leaders: Florabelle Floral & Events Grand Slam: Daniel Newstead- 140.00" Grantley’s bait and tackle Youth Grand Slam: Ryan Denton - 35.50" Florabelle Floral & Events Youth Grand Slam: Savannah Hornbeck - 56.50" Youth Achievement Award Leaders: Top Youth Female: Top Youth Male: Northern Pike: TBD Ryan Denton Walleye: Savannah Hornbeck Cullen Fennessy Pickerel: Savannah Hornbeck Leeland Miller Trout: TBD TBD Crappie: TBD Leeland Miller Perch: Kaylynn Klehamer Tony Sergi Panfish: Shelby Hunt Connor Peck **Get those youth anglers entered and out there!! Check out some of the top placing youth entrees so far!! Congrats on some great catches!! Bass Cash Awards: 1st Place ($150): Zack Malagisi - 21.50" 2nd Place ($100): Justin Kelly - 19.25" 3rd Place ($50): William Winn - 18.75" So much to go after in this year's event!! If you have not tried fishing an event on the FishDonkey platform, you are really missing out on some of the most fun events going on right now - live leaderboards, C&R option, easy fish entry, most secure platform, and the benefits go on and on!! Join NY's largest winter tournament today and help bring the FUN back into tournament fishing events!!
  3. **Tourney Update - Day 3** Current angler count: 424 Current Cash Payouts for all 7 Main Species: 1st Place = $480 2nd Place = $260 3rd Place = $175 4th Place = $25 FishUSA eCard Weekly Cash Awards = $25/species/wk Bass Cash Awards: 1st Place = $150 2nd Place = $100 3rd Place = $50 Florabelle Classic Grand Slam Cash Award = $500 Youth Awards: Florabelle Youth Grand Slam NYS Lifetime Sportsman License Grantley's B&T Youth Grand Slam NYS Lifetime Sportsman License Screamin Eagle Sport Fishing Charter (14) Crystal Angler Achievement Awards Coupled with the door prizes and giveaways, that's a pretty good deal for a $25 entry!! The next round of door prizes will be drawn on January 31st! Anglers can still get in on the action but must register the day before they wish to start entering fish: http://www.nyswinterclassic.com/ LIVE Leaderboards can be found at: LIVE Leaderboards Current Grand Slam results show the Top-3 anglers in a very close race: Daniel Hargrave - 57.25" Lucas Palmer - 56.25" Adam Costich - 53.25" The winner of the Florabelle Floral & Events Grand Slam Award will receive $500 cash and a crystal trophy. They must have the largest total combined length of their top fish in each of the 7 species (all 7 species do not have to be caught, but will likely be needed to win). The end of Week #1 will be Saturday at midnight. Just a reminder that verifications can take up to 48 hrs or longer, and the Week #1 winners will not be confirmed until all fish have been verified. Best of luck to everyone for the remainder of Week #1 - tight lines!!
  4. **Pre-Tourney Update** Current angler count = 357 Current Payout for all 7 species: 1st Place = $400 2nd Place = $210 3rd Place = $140 PLUS Weekly Cash Awards = $25/species/week for the largest of each species each week. PLUS the Top-3 Bass Cash Awards: 1st Place: $150 Cash 2nd Place: $100 Cash 3rd Place: $50 Cash PLUS the Grantley's Bait & Tackle Youth Lifetime Sportsman Award PLUS Two salmon trips from Screaming Eagle Sportsfishing (one for youth, one for veterans) PLUS 14 Youth Angler Achievement Awards (Crystal Trophy Award for the top male & Female Youth Anglers in each species division) PLUS 3 rounds of door prizes, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, raffles, youth angler prize table (at awards ceremony), and more giveaways!! Additional sponsors added: * Jammin Jigs * Florabelle Floral & Events * Screamin' Eagle Sport Fishing * Rocky Mt. Custom Jigs * Prime Time Custom Baits Register before NOON on Dec. 31st to get in on the next round of door prize drawings during our Kick-Off LIVE Show on the Tourney Facebook Page! Stay tuned for more updates!!
  5. **Pre-Tourney Update** Current angler count = 321 Current Payout for all 7 species: 1st Place = $355 2nd Place = $180 3rd Place = $125 PLUS Weekly Cash Awards = $25/species/week for the largest of each species each week. PLUS the Top-3 Bass Cash Awards: 1st Place: $150 Cash 2nd Place: $100 Cash 3rd Place: $50 Cash PLUS the Grantley's Bait & Tackle Youth Lifetime Sportsman Award PLUS Two salmon trips from Screaming Eagle Sportsfishing (one for youth, one for veterans) PLUS 14 Youth Angler Achievement Awards (Crystal Trophy Award for the top male & Female Youth Anglers in each species division) PLUS 3 rounds of door prizes, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, raffles, youth angler prize table (at awards ceremony), and more giveaways!! Stay tuned for more updates!!
  6. **Pre-Tourney Update** 1st draft of the tourney flier is out sporting all of our current amazing sponsors! Now over $30,000 in cash and prizes to win, and the Early Bird Registration prizes announced yesterday: *Aqua-Vu AV722 Underwater Camera *(2) Frabill 48" Benchmark Bump Boards *Frabill Ice Tackle Bag *$50 FishUSA Gift Card *Reel Cool Lures Lure Pack *(2) Kahtoola Prize Packs (Microspikes, Socks, Hat, Hoodie) *Addicted Fishing Prize Pack (Hat, Shirt, Baits) *Automatic Fisherman Snapper PLUS the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway starting this Thursday that includes two Frabill hub shelters and another Aqua-Vu camera system! Get registered by Dec. 1st to get in on the drawings and join us each night at 7pm EST on the tourney Facebook page for updates, singing, and fun times as more anglers win new gear from the Winter Classic!! Get all the details and registration info at: NYSwinterclassic.com Current angler count = 164 Current Payout for all 7 species: 1st Place = $200 2nd Place = $95 3rd Place = $65 PLUS Weekly Cash Awards = $12/species/week for the largest of each species each week. PLUS the Top-3 Bass Cash Awards: 1st Place: $150 Cash 2nd Place: $100 Cash 3rd Place: $50 Cash PLUS the Grantley's Bait & Tackle Youth Lifetime Sportsman Award PLUS 14 Youth Angler Achievement Awards (Crystal Trophy Award for the top male & Female Youth Anglers in each species division) PLUS 3 rounds of door prizes, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, raffles, youth angler prize table (at awards ceremony), and more giveaways!! Main Payout and Weekly Awards will continue to increase as more anglers enter. Like and follow the tourney Facebook Page for updates, announcements, LIVE shows, sponsor and new prize announcements, and the latest tourney news! Join the fun this winter for only $25/angler!! More to come - stay tuned!!
  7. 2023 NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament The 2023 NYS Winter Classic (Jan. 1-Feb. 28) will once again draw in anglers from all over New England to compete in one of the largest winter tournaments that includes both open water fishing and ice fishing - so no matter what kind of winter we have the event will not be canceled and anglers can still compete! Operating on one of the most secure tournament platforms (Fish Donkey), fish are entered via pictures and videos at the time of the catch, fish place via length, and the online leaderboards update in real time notifying all anglers when new leaders are entered! This year's event has a heavy load of sponsors once again that includes all of the following amazing companies: Batavia Downs Casino * Aqua-Vu * Frabill * Plano * FishUSA * Okuma * Addicted Fishing * Hammer Built Homes * Grantley's Bait & Tackle * Kahtoola * Jiffy Ice Drills * Reel Cool Lures * Keepers Only Co. * Sullivan Tip-Downs * Amped Outdoors * Fish Hounds Outdoors * Fish Donkey * Deep Freeze * Nautic Sport * Koyote Ugly Spoons * Automatic Fisherman * Green Mt. Sporting Supplies * Celox * Makiplastic * BHammer Tackle * NYRA Awards * Vital Signs * Savage Gear * Lake Ontario United More yet to be announced! Over $20,000 in Cash & Prizes to be Won!! (Including at least one Lifetime Sportsman License Award sponsored by Grantley's B&T for a top-placing youth angler) Early Bird Registration goes through Dec. 1st at Noon and will get you entered into the Early Bird Drawings (drawn during the Dec. 1st LIVE show) and the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - done LIVE during our live shows on the tourney Facebook page at 7pm each night Dec. 1-12 as the prize packages grow each day! Here are the details for the 2023 Winter Classic: When: Jan. 1st through Feb. 28th Where: All waterways in NY state Registration Fee: $25/angler (both youth and adults) Where to Register: NYSwinterclassic.com or fishdonkey.com (adults and youth register the same, however make sure to add "youth" to any youth angler's profile in Fish Donkey to identify them as a youth angler to make them eligible for the Lifetime Sportsman License Award(s)) Prizes to Win: Over $20,000 in cash & prizes! Rules & Regs: Rules & Regs Awards Ceremony: April 1st at the Batavia Downs Casino (all Top-3 placing anglers must attend) If you have any questions please drop me a PM, give me a call at (585) 330-0494, or drop a comment on the tourney Facebook page! Follow the Tourney Facebook Page for the latest tourney news and announcements! More updates to come - stay tuned!!
  8. **FINAL RESULTS** Congratulations to our 2022 GLSS 1st Place winners: David Urban and Manny Medeiros! Each will receive the GLSS Crystal Trophy along with their prize packages. Here are the final Top-3 standings: Pro Division Leaders: 1st Place: David Urban / My Way Charters- 196.50" 2nd Place: Nate Stephenson - 195.25" 3rd Place: Two Tails - 177.50" Am Division Leaders: 1st Place: Manny Medeiros - 187.75" 2nd Place: Jason Barra / Team It'll Do - 180.25" 3rd Place: Cameron Simpson - 179.25" As a Next Gen Tourney, the GLSS offers anglers the following benefits: *LIVE leaderboards that update in real time as fish hare entered w/ new leader notification. *No time restrictions or extra travel to weigh-ins. *Entry is by boat - any fish caught aboard the registered boat (no matter who catches it) is eligible - no worry about who is or isn't entered, everyone aboard is automatically in!! *C&R option for fish that can be released and that anglers do not want to keep. *Date/Time/GPS info encrypted into every picture and video (GPS location is NOT given out to anyone, including the director of the event - only answers to potential boundary violations are given). *App works even with no cell phone signal. *All fish are entered with picture/video evidence for verification, dispute resolution, ability to reinspect, and for all participating anglers to see. *Exact start and end times for fish entry. *Youth are encouraged to participate. *Easy and quick guidelines for fish entry - literally takes less than a minute to enter a fish! *Eliminates many issues encountered in kill/weight events by limiting opportunities for foul play - everything is done in real time, when the fish are caught, on the water, and by length. *Fully transparent platform - everything is visible and upfront. Join the 2023 GLSS next year - experience the difference and why so many events are making the switch to this style platform! Not sure if you would like the format? Ask one of this year's teams what they thought and/or join in the upcoming Winter Classic to get a taste! Need a bump board? Stay tuned for opportunities to score one for next year's events! The more teams/boats in, the bigger the payouts! Feel free to drop me a line or PM with any questions or concerns (585) 330-0494.
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    Statewide event featuring 7 species categories (Pike, Trout, Walleye, Pickerel, Crappie, Yellow Perch, Panfish) hosted on the Fish Donkey online platform. When: Jan. 1-Feb. 28 Where: All NYS waterways Who: All anglers, youth included Cost: $25/angler 80+% payout based on number of anglers, premium trophies, youth awards, plus weekly cash awards for the largest fish entered each week in every species category. Benefits include optional C&R, live leaderboards, secure platform, even playing field, and culminates with a formal awards ceremony at the Batavia Downs Casino in March. Get all the details at: NYSwinterclassic.com
  10. LOL!! Meaning they could leave right after the awards and head back home to hunt in the morning...smh.....
  11. Only Sat this fall that worked for the casino and hotel with rooms available for anglers to stay over. With anglers coming in from all over the state (and out of state in some cases) we have to have rooms available to make the event feasible. Not ideal by any means, but having no event poses many more issues... Optional dinner banquet is at 5pm, awards 7-9pm, so those who want to hunt could go in the morning, attend the awards that night, and then head out right after the awards - again, not ideal but doable.
  12. **FINAL STANDINGS** The 2022 winning anglers/fish can be found at the following links: Small Species Division Event Large Species Division Event Lake Ontario Boat Event I would like to thank all of the 2022 sponsors: Batavia Downs Casino, Frabill, Plano, Okuma, Aqua-Vu, Addicted Fishing, Fillet Away Fish Mats, Koyote Ugly Spoons, Reel Cool Lures, Savage Gear, Automatic Fisherman, Northland Tackle, Nautic Sport, Clingerman Taxidermy, GMSS, Celox, FishUSA, Makiplastic, Fish Donkey, SOCO Baits, BHammer Tackle, Vital Signs, and LOU. NOTICE: The Summer Classic Awards Ceremony has been scheduled for November 19th at the Batavia Downs Casino. Full details, dinner banquet reservations, and timeline of events to come!
  13. **September Update** Pro Division Leaders: 1st Place: David Urban - 196.50" 2nd Place: Nate Stephenson - 195.25" 3rd Place: Two Tails - 177.50" Am Division Leaders: 1st Place: Jason Barra - 180.25" 2nd Place: Cameron Simpson - 179.25" 3rd Place: Manny Medeiros - 170.50"
  14. **August Update** Pro Division Leaders: 1st Place: David Urban - 193.25" 2nd Place: Two Tails - 177.50" 3rd Place: Nate Stephenson - 146.50" Am Division Leaders: 1st Place: Cameron Simpson - 179.25" 2nd Place: Manny Medeiros - 170.50" 3rd Place: Jason Barra - 164.50"
  15. **Tourney Update - Week #7** NOTICE: The Summer Classic Awards Ceremony has been scheduled for November 19th at the Batavia Downs Casino. Full details, dinner banquet reservations, and timeline of events to come! We are heading into the last week of the 2022 event! Here are the current leaders: Small Species Division Event: Crappie: Lucas Palmer - 14.25" Catfish: Eric Scordo - 38.25" Largemouth Bass: Jose Vuittonet - 20.75" Panfish: Jeramy Eckman - 10.50" Rock Bass: Kathleen Muir - 10.50" Smallmouth Bass: Brett Holmes - 21.50" Yellow Perch: Dan White - 14.00" Large Species Division Event: Brown Trout: Brian Swartz - 29.50" Lake Trout: Sarah Oliver - 34.00" Northern Pike/Musky: Daryl Stewart - 37.75" Salmon: William Marshall - 39.50" Sheepshead: Jason Stevens - 29.50" Steelhead/Rainbow Trout: Cameron Hasner - 31.00" Walleye: Bob Rustowicz - 29.50" Lake Ontario Boat Event: Boat Total (5 Kings): David Urban - 193.00" Best of luck to everyone for the remainder of the event!
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