Finders Keepers

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  • Birthday 12/02/1976

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

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  1. Cabela's On-Site Seminars Saturday 11am-6pm! The Finders Keepers Team will have their tournament boat on-site at the Cabela's in Cheektowaga this Saturday from 11am-6pm to answer any questions about trolling techniques, rigging, setting up a boat, electronics, etc. We'll also have displays showcasing the latest gear from Okuma, Cannon, Humminbird, Fish Hawk, Plano, Frabill, Aqua-Vu, and much more! Want to run more than one wire rod on a side but you're not sure how, or would like to know how to run cheaters and free sliders on the riggers, or how to rig and run planer boards, or how to set-up and run meat/cut bait rigs? Stop by and learn how to do it firsthand as we set up spreads right in front of the store! With an open-style format we can tailor our seminars and demos to what you want to learn, all the while talking fishing!! We'll also have registrations for the 2017 NYS Summer Classic Tournament with free gear to give away to those who sign up! We look forward to seeing many of you there!
  2. The winning starts this weekend - tune in to the Summer Classic Facebook page tonight for all the details! Must be registered to be eligible (online registration available now off of the website). Additional prizes and cash award opportunities will be announced over the next couple months leading up to the start of the event on June 17th...
  3. If there are any locations you would like to see added as weigh-in stations, let us know and we will try to get them on board with the event - PM me their address and contact info.
  4. Confirmed sponsors so far: Atommik Frabill Plano Savage Gear Automatic Fisherman Cabela's FishUSA Nautic-Sport Hydro Glow Brite-Strike Northland Fishing Tackle Clingerman Taxidermy Green Mt. Sporting Supplies The Angler Magazine Aqua-Vu Coyote Ugly Spoons Fish Allure Celox Vital Signs Field & Stream Bass Pro Shops L.O.U. Lake Ontario Outdoors Adirondack Outdoors Outdoor Beat More are in the works. We will be announcing all sponsors and new weigh-in locations on the tournament Facebook page, so Like and follow the page to get all the updates and announcements as they happen! We will be connecting with other events around the state to offer additional cash or product award incentives for those entered into the Classic (ex. $100 cash award for the largest lake trout weighed in by a registered angler at the Fair Haven Challenge). We all know the angst felt by many anglers regarding the Lake Trout numbers in Lake O - bring them in to your local weigh-ins this summer and you could cash in!! Just 3,000 anglers in the event (from across the entire state and targeting different species, not just Lake Trout anglers) will return $50 Weekly cash awards for each of the largest fish entered in all 10 fish categories and 10 places per fish category with $750 1st place checks plus a 1-in-10 shot at $20,000... Not too shabby for a $25 entry!
  5. 2017 NYS Summer Classic Tournament (June 17 - Aug. 31) **Official Tournament Announcement** After a very successful Winter Classic event this past winter season and in response to angler request, I will be running the statewide NYS Summer Classic Fishing Tournament covering all NY State waterways and featuring 10 fish categories: *Pike *Walleye *Lake Trout *Bass (SMB/LMB) *Pickerel *Catfish *Carp *Crappie *Yellow Perch *Panfish (Sunfish/Bluegill) All categories start with the Top 3 placing and increase in placements with angler participation. Plus a $500 cash award for the largest Rock Bass weighed-in and a $250 cash award for the largest Bowfin weighed-in. There will also be a Youth Division (Top 3 in each category). With enough angler participation the Grand Prize cash award (awarded by random draw from all 10 1st place anglers) could reach $50K+, with kayaks, quads, and Tundra's to give away at higher participation levels according to the schedule listed on the website. Sponsors are starting to come forward for the event and will be listed on the tournament website once confirmed. There are currently 51 weigh-in locations (see map on website) and I am hoping to increase to 60-70 before the event kicks off on June 17th. Online leaderboards are updated multiple times per day. There are also protocols for fishing after hours and overnight. Various events across the state will have mobile weigh-ins set up for angler convenience and to allow for specific C&R options (especially for Bass events). Registration for the general event is only $25/angler with an optional $10 Lunker Pool, and $5/youth angler for the Youth event. There is also a 1-Day pass option ($10/angler/day) for anglers on charters and with guides. Online registration is now open and available off of the website at: Registration at most weigh-in locations will open around May 1st (when the fliers & registration materials will be distributed). The full tournament rules & regs can be found on the website as well. Like and follow the event on Facebook for the latest updates & tournament information. Feel free to ask questions! Let's get our youth outside and engaged in the sport of fishing, and have some fun this summer!! More to come - stay tuned!!
  6. If he's even still living there...
  7. I will be making a visit next time I make my rounds across the state for my Classic events. He has 12 dipsies and a pair of 20 lb sharks from us that I would like to get back... If I can't rescue them this summer I guess I'll just have to write it off as a loss... Grrr....
  8. Let's hope mother nature cooperates this year! Can'wait for this event - always a highlight of the season!!
  9. The 2017 event is off to a great start with over 440 anglers competing and some nice fish already weighed-in. Follow the event on Facebook for the latest in tourney news, updates, and new leaders. If you're not in the event yet, it's only $25 and registration will remain open through the event - you must register by 7am on the first day you wish to start entering fish. Night time fishing has been included this year and there are 58 weigh-in locations for this year's event! Still over 6 weeks of tourney action - register today and join in the fun!!
  10. The 2017 event is off to a great start! Some monster fish have already hit the scales including a 21.51 lb northern and 2.25 lb crappie! There's over 6 weeks left in the event and lots of tourney action to be had - weekly prize packages are shipping out each week, monthly awards given out at the end of the month, and 60 shanties to be given away at the conclusion of the event along with a ton of cash! Keep in mind, you can fish the open water as well as the ice for this event, so if the warm-up over the next week opens things up, anglers will be taking to their boats and hitting the tribs! Registration remains open so anglers can register at any time, but the rule is you must register before 7am on the first day you wish to start entering fish. The sooner you get in the sooner you can start accruing shanty entries at your local weigh-in locations - there are 58 total this year!
  11. Pickerel that big could take the NYS Winter Classic Tournament - should get in if you're not already!! Winner last year was only 6.40 lbs...
  12. Looking good, keep it up!!
  13. The 2017 Winter Classic is underway with over 300 anglers competing and growing fast! The payouts have already increased in value and will increase again to Top 5 once we reach 500 anglers. The Lunker Pool is now over $1700 providing the first place anglers in the Lunker Pool with checks over $200 at this point, plus the 1 in 7 shot at the Clam Outdoors $2,500 Grand Prize Cash Award. The Weekly Prize Packages continue to grow in value as we acquire more items and gift certificates to pack into them! More sponsors are also coming forward as our exposure on Facebook alone has grown to monstrous levels (reaching over 16,000 people with over 1,650 engaged in the posts)!! Many nice fish have hit the scales already as we have seen movement on the live leaderboards daily. Stay up with all the latest announcements and tourney news by following the event on Facebook. Some of our anglers will be guest speakers on the Let's Catch Fish radio show over he next few weeks, including Scott Brauer from Makiplastic and Rob Goffredo from Bartel Rd. Bait & Tackle this Sat. Registration runs throughout the event - anglers must register by 7am on the first day they wish to start entering fish. Online registrants ( get entered into a Power auger Raffle, and those who enter at a shop get entered into that shop's Shanty Raffle. Remember, every day you are out fishing stop in to any of the weigh-in stations with a fish (whether it places or not) and gain an entries into the shanty raffles (one entry per person per day per station). Get registered today and join in the fun!!
  14. We are now up to 58 weigh-in locations, all of which will have a shanty to give away! We will also be running a raffle for a power auger for those who register off the website online. If you come to the Fish307 event this Sat and register, you will get a shot at some extra gear (potentially 2 ice combos, 2 manual augers, and a power auger pending the number of registrants) with the first 25 to register getting a bonus! Anglers have started to hit the ice and we expect the flood of registrations to start - get in on this year's largest event and register today!
  15. I appeared on the Outdoor Beat show last week discussing many of the details of this year's event, the prize structure, and many of the new products being given away! Have a listen and learn why this event will be one of the largest tournament events in the NE this year!