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Finders Keepers

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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...
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    Port Bay
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    Jimmy Rigger

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  1. The Fairport Fishing Club is having their annual Guide Day event at the Rochester Field & Stream store this Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local charter and guide services will be there as well as several company reps. Stop on out and let's talk about the upcoming fishing season!! I'll have several ADDICTED fishing hats with me - stop out and tell me how you are addicted to fishing and you could score one!!
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    Kingfest 2019 - Who's Ready??

    Agreed on the rubber band getting wound into the reel if it isn't removed, but the practice is very effective and used by many seasoned anglers. We tend to use them almost all the time to help get a better initial hookset while using a lighter drag for once the band breaks and they take off. For charters and inexperienced anglers I probably would not use them, or make sure I got the rod first to remove it...
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    Kingfest 2019 - Who's Ready??

    For the invitational the gentleman in the passenger seat was our observer, and while he was looking green, I don't believe he got sick while we were out there. If I remember right, the waves were on the order of 4-8's with an occasional big'un like the one soon after we land the first fish in the video! Tip for fishing in rough conditions with dipseys if you didn't catch it the first time watching the video: use a rubber band making a half-hitch on the wire and looping it around the handle on the reel. This helps allow the wire to flex a little with the rod as it sways in the waves and keeps the drags from creeping out. When a fish hits (if it doesn't slice the rubber band off initially) simply grab the rubber band and slide it up the wire to slice it off.
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    Tournament Inquiry - Input Needed

    Great insight Vince, thank you. I'm not bent on putting an event together, simply gathering information to bring back to her and then see if it's something she would like to pursue. I agree that a land-based event would probably be a good starter event and then baby-step it from there.
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    2019 NYS Winter Classic

    The NYS Winter Classic Awards Ceremony and NYS Spring Classic Sportsman Show are this Sat at Batavia Downs! Get all the info at: http://www.nyswinterclassic.com/2019/sportsmanshow.html The show will be packed with deals, new gear releases, new concepts presented in seminars, giveaways, and much more! Show runs from 10am-3pm. See you there!!
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    Kingfest 2019 - Who's Ready??

    Who's ready for the 2019 season?? What new products is everyone sporting this year? If you'd like to see some of the new gear coming out for the 2019 season, stop out to the NYS Spring Classic Sportsman Show this Saturday at Batavia Downs! As I was looking over videos of past events for some content for upcoming projects and to get psyched up for the upcoming season, I came across some footage from the infamous 2013 Atommik Invitational event showing the 30+ lb king we landed that day along with several other hits and the massive waves! I will never forget coming around the pierheads that morning and taking air during the shotgun start! Let's hope the current stormy pattern weakens for the upcoming tournament season! Enjoy and good luck this season! We'll see everyone on the water!!
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    2019 NYS Classic Spring Sportsman Show

    Stop on out for the show and awards ceremony this Sat!!
  8. Recently I was approached by someone who works with physically handicapped individuals about coordinating a fishing event for her group like we do for the wounded veterans. Initially she was looking to get them on the ice and, due to the slippery nature of the ice alone, I was not in favor of that idea and suggested maybe an open water event and that I would look into it for her. While I am all about offering on-water experiences, I have some concerns. So I wanted to get some feedback on a few things from others, guides and charter captains in particular, who may have had experiences to share since I do not take clients out and (other than the few veterans we have hosted) predominantly fish with just my team and some students from school. Obviously weather/wave conditions would be a primary concern and shore or bay fishing could be an alternative. Are there any particular liability issues to be aware of or special insurance requirements that would have to be met? Are there any events of this nature currently being conducted that I could potentially mimic in designing one for her group? Anyone have any stories good or bad to share? Suggestions, things to be aware of, etc. that I can take back to her should she want to pursue putting an event together? Thank you in advance for the help/info in this regard!
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    2019 NYS Classic Spring Sportsman Show

    Spent some time tonight getting ready for the Winter Classic Awards Ceremony organizing over $4,300 in cash to give out plus there will be a trailer full of gear in prizes, door prizes, and raffles! Gotta be present to win this time and there's a ton to win!! Show kicks off at 10am and runs until 3pm, dinner banquet from 5-6:30 with the awards ceremony to follow! Also, for those coming to the Spring Classic Sportsman Show I will be showing the new Fish Fighter Products line and how I will be working with them to adapt their current systems to how we run our spreads out here in the Great Lakes. This new system will allow for an array of rod holders that are all hot-swappable and moveable with the pull of a spring pin. I'll be working with them this spring to adapt it into our current tracks (if you already have them installed, like the Cannon or Traxtech systems) or installing just the FF rails. Scott Brauer from Makiplastic will have his minnow race tracks there to have some fun with the kids, and will likely run a seminar or two where anglers always come away with extremely valuable information! Several of the vendors will be running giveaways and there will be some awesome deals to be had - like Koyote Ugly Spoons Inc flashers for only $20, including the new 2019 designs like the Oregon Special and the last of the Shockwave Glow design (only 25 left), and My Way Charters will be offering discounted rates for booking at the show for the 2019 season!! I also received the $10,000 in cash from Batavia Downs to guarantee that it will be paid out to one of the 1st place winners in the 2019 Summer Classic!! It's time to see what the Classic events can really pay out when we get several thousand to participate!! You can view the guaranteed payouts on the website at each attendance level. We'll also have a split event this year with the main event and a C&R Event running side by side - more details to come! To get a sneak peak, visit: www.NYSsummerclassic.com
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    2019 NYS Classic Spring Sportsman Show

    Additional companies/vendors that have confirmed for booths/displays: Cannon Humminbird Minn-Kota Makiplastic (with one or two seminars by Scott Brauer - TBA) Combined Insurance Sullivan Tipdowns Pre-sale tickets are available for only $5 at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4102144?fbclid=IwAR1Yi2HvwcJRP04c0J_CfHlKOkZE2leIajBc4mkCH6lM0No8KESODze5-E4 (and receive $5 in Free Play for the casino)
  11. With anglers coming in from all over the state to the Batavia Downs Casino Resort for the NYS Winter Classic Awards Ceremony on March 16th, we decided to make it a full day of festivities and put together sportsman shows to precede the dinner banquets and awards ceremonies of the Classic Tournaments. This will be the first show corresponding with the Winter Classic Awards and we have a fantastic line-up of vendors/companies/tackle shops being represented this year with some fantastic deals to be had! Here is a run-down of the booths: Filer's PowerSports Koyote Ugly Spoons Inc Vital Signs Factory Direct Trailers Soco Baits Automatic Fisherman Hirsch Taxidermy Wildlife Creations TJ Morgans Seasonings Case Canoe My Way Charters Suspicious Lines Charters Bartel Rd Bait & Tackle Catherine Valley Outfitters Nature's Prize Aqua-Vu Frabill Plano Synergy Okuma Fishing USA Fish Fighter Products Fillet Away Fish Mats ICE WELL Live Well Addicted Fishing Finders Keepers Professional Sport Fishing Team NYS Classic Tournaments We will also offer the following 4 seminars: 11:00 - Set-Up and Benefits of Automatic Fisherman Units (Eric Bush/Automatic Fisherman) 12:00 - Introduction to Fish Fighter Products (Tim Thomas/Finders Keepers Sportfishing) 1:00 - True UV Demonstration (Wolf Amuso/Koyote Ugly Spoons) 2:00 - Spring Brown Fishing Techniques (Ryan Horst/Suspicious Lines Charters) March 16th Show & Awards Timeline: 10am-3pm: Sportsman Show 3pm-5pm: Cocktail/Mingling Hr. 5pm-6:30pm: Banquet Dinner (Reservations Online) 6:30pm-8pm: Winter Classic Awards Ceremony 8pm-??: After Party in Casino (Dinner reservations can be made online only through March 8th and are limited to the first 180 people) The show, the banquet, and the awards ceremony are open to all who would like to attend, and we'll have additional giveaways at the dinner. There will also be multiple opportunities to score some free play for the casino! Get all the details and links to all the companies attending at: http://www.nyswinterclassic.com/2019/sportsmanshow.html Any questions feel free to contact me at (585) 330-0494.
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    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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