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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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  1. Update for cash payouts in all 7 species divisions: 1st Place = $600 2nd Place = $330 3rd Place = $220 4th Place = $25 FishUSA GC + $25 Batavia Downs FPC PLUS $46/week for leading fish in all 7 divisions all 8 weeks. *NEW AWARD FOR FEBRUARY* Place in the Top-10 of any species any time in February and include a release video with the fish entry to be entered into a drawing for a Bow Fishing Excursion with Fish Hounds Outdoors and Capt. James Vladyka for up to 3 shooters!! Still over 4 weeks of tourney action to be had in this year's event - join in the fun with over 580 other anglers this winter!! If we can reach 615 anglers we will be adding Bass as a new species with a new Aqua-Vu HD 10i Pro Camera System valued at $999!! Register today for only $25 at: www.NYSwinterclassic.com
  2. Update for cash payouts in all 7 species divisions: 1st Place = $540 2nd Place = $292 3rd Place = $195 4th Place = $25 FishUSA GC + $25 Batavia Downs FPC PLUS $41/week for leading fish in all 7 divisions all 8 weeks. Next set of prize drawings: January 31st at 7pm Live on the tourney Facebook page, anglers must be registered by noon on the 31st to be eligible. Only $25/angler to sign-up. NOTE: Anglers must register the day before they wish to start entering fish. www.NYSwinterclassic.com
  3. Update for cash payouts in all 7 species divisions: 1st Place = $468 2nd Place = $250 3rd Place = $167 4th Place = $25 FishUSA GC + $25 Batavia Downs FPC PLUS $35/week for leading fish in all 7 divisions all 8 weeks. Next set of prize drawings: January 31st at 7pm Live on the tourney Facebook page, anglers must be registered by noon on the 31st to be eligible.
  4. **NEW PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT** Smallest Walleye = Aqua-Vu HD 10i Pro ($999 MSRP) or Aqua-Vu HD Quad System ($1799 MSRP)(Waiting for confirmation on exact unit). Protocol for entering fish will be posted in Rules & Regs soon.
  5. Today the event topped 400 anglers!! This brings the current cash payouts for all 7 species divisions to: 1st Place = $445 2nd Place = $235 3rd Place = $158 4th Place = $25 FishUSA Gift Card + $25 Batavia Downs Free Play Card PLUS $33 for the leading fish every week in each species division! PLUS a ton of other prizes to go after including youth cash & prize packages! This week will be the drawing for the 3 Youth Package Giveaways only available to youth anglers (16 and under) entered by noon on Wednesday Dec. 16th and must include their birthdate in their Fish Donkey profile. Just a reminder that this year’s event will place all fish via length in the Fish Donkey App and using a manufactured bump board (no homemade boards, tape measures, etc. accepted). Order now while boards are available and to receive your board before the event starts on Jan. 1st. Frabill Benchmark boards are recommended (available up to 48”) and will likely remain in stock. There is also a protocol for entering a fish bigger than your board (see rules and regs). Make sure to register before Dec. 31st at noon to be eligible for the largest set of prizes being drawn for the Door Prize Drawings – Round 1 (over $4,500) LIVE at 7pm on Dec. 31st on the tournament Facebook page. A list of prizes to win can be found at: http://www.nyswinterclassic.com/2021/weeklyleaderboard.html under the weekly awards.
  6. We now have (3) large prize packages specifically for the youth anglers (16 and under) entered by Dec. 16th at noon. These packages include: *Fish Donkey Bump Board *Fillet Away Fish Mat *Ice Well Live Well *(6) Packs of Makiplastic Baits *Addicted Fishing Hat *Lure Package And more being added daily! Drawing will be Dec. 16th at 7pm live on Facebook. Weekly cash awards are now $30/week for all 7 species division all 8 weeks for the leading fish, and the cash payouts continue to climb! New sponsors announced almost every night during our live show on Facebook at 7pm - join in the fun!
  7. Tournament update: Now with over $26,000 in cash and prizes to be awarded in the 2021 event and 373 registered anglers, the 2021 NYS Winter Classic is now the top-performing tournament on the planet utilizing the Fish Donkey Platform! Just announced tonight was the addition of 3 youth prize packages to be given away on Dec. 16th! Check out all the prizes at: http://www.nyswinterclassic.com/2021/weeklyleaderboard.html Current cash payouts in all 7 species divisions (373 anglers): 1st Place = $355 2nd Place = $210 3rd Place = $140 4th Place = $25 FishUSA Gift Card + $25 Batavia Downs Free Play Card PLUS $29/week for all 8 weeks for the leading fish in all 7 species divisions! Register today at: www.NYSwinterclassic.com
  8. The statewide 2021 NYS Winter Classic Tournament has over $20,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs this year! With a record number of early bird registrations, a new format featuring the Fish Donkey App that allows for C&R and fish placement by length, and minimized expenses allowing for larger payouts, it is drawing attention from all across the northeast US! Get in now and get entered into the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway that increments the prize package every day - tune in LIVE on Facebook at 7pm each night for the drawings and updates for the event (including new sponsor announcements). Drawings will be held Dec. 1-12, with additional Door Prize Drawings held on Dec. 31st and Jan. 31st. A full list of prizes and the winning anglers can be found on the website at: Weekly Leader Board & Awards Registration is only $25/angler and can be found off the tourney website at: NYS Winter Classic Homepage As of 12/3/20 the current cash payouts for all 7 species divisions are: 1st Place = $316 2nd Place = $190 3rd Place = $125 4th Place = $25 FishUSA Gift Card PLUS $26/week for the leading fish in each of the 7 species divisions. Additional cash awards will be announced during the LIVE Facebook shows as new sponsors are confirmed and announced. If you have any questions please free to reach out to me at any time. Let's hope for a great ice season ahead!!
  9. I use a combination of large and small paddles to see what they want - this year it seemed every day was something different! Typically for me meat can be placed behind any flasher, flies typically behind the 8" spin docs and echips. With so many variables when running meat, often you have to "play" and find what works best - color/pattern/size/shape of attractor and meat head, twinkie rig or clean meat head, type of meat head, "tuning" Rhys heads, leader lengths, leads off the ball or dipsy, down speed, etc. all can play a roll in being successful.
  10. Really depends on the day, we've caught fish running meat rigs as slow as 1.6 and as fast as 4.6. The type of head makes a bigger difference - Rhys head vs. Kings head. Make sure to "tune" Rhys heads before sending them or they won't roll correctly. Kings heads are good right out of the package.
  11. The 2020 NYS Summer Classic Fishing Tournament got off to a great start this past weekend with many nice fish already verified! Anglers already entered are stating how easy the new format is and how much they like the benefits of this new style event! Anglers can still get registered through the end of the month and join in the fun! Here are the current leaders: Species Divisions: Largemouth Bass: Sean Sims - 19.00" Smallmouth Bass: David Muir - 20.75" Catfish: Doug Barlow - 25.25" Salmon: Victor Rowcliffe - 36.50" Crappie: Andy Cozzolino Jr. - 12.00" Sheepshead: Peter Montante - 26.00" Dogfish: Doug Barlow - 22.50" Lake Trout: TBD Brown Trout: TBD Rainbow/Steelhead: TBD Pike/Tiger Musky: TBD Musky: TBD Walleye: TBD Pickerel: TBD Carp: TBD Yellow Perch: TBD Rock Bass: TBD Panfish: TBD Round Goby: TBD All-in-One Event Leaders: Carp: Erik Williams - 32.00" Crappie: Andy Cozzolino Jr. - 12.00" Largemouth Bass: Jose Vuittonet - 18.25" Smallmouth Bass: David Muir - 20.75" Panfish: Andy Cozzolino Jr. - 8.75" Yellow Perch: Andy Cozzolino Jr. - 9.75" Rock Bass: TBD Lake Ontario Boat Events: Salmon: TBD Trout: TBD For LOTSA members, you can go after an extra $250 for the largest salmon (salmon species division only) - make sure to include a card with "LOTSA" written on it in your submitted pictures within the Fish Donkey App. Best of luck to everyone fishing this week!! www.NYSsummerclassic.com
  12. You're out of luck, have to make it to the weigh-ins before they close. Check their hours as they differ from one to another.
  13. Decent screens in 120-140 fow today but not many wanted to play. Mainly spoons with a couple fly bites for us with others doing some on meat. 210-230 fow was another area that produced some bites for others, but very scattered. No derby fish for us today, but two tank steelhead in the mix pushing 10+ lbs that put on a great aerial show!
  14. I have since learned quite a bit about polygraph tests, how they are administered, and what they can and cannot be used for. I have also at the same time invested years into research and testing tournament designs that have led me to this year's Summer Classic and GLSS event designs. Trial and error, observation of other event flaws, listening to both the supporters and participants as well as the nay sayers of all the various events (open and hard water), have all been taken into account.
  15. It'll be interesting to see what the nay-sayers come up with for ways to cheat in this format. I have not disclosed all of the checks and balances that go on behind the scenes and within the App to verify fish entrees in an effort to catch those who wish to engage in foul play. Poly tests are not permissible in court and more of a deterrent. If there is a need for legal action we can take it, but in 9 years of running events, I have yet to have a need to issue any.
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