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  1. If you have any questions let me know! Biggest thing is make sure you take the required photos (4) with a bump board or photos and video with a metal tape measure.
  2. Interested in learning how to fish for trout and salmon or want to learn new tricks of the trade? This Summer (June-Aug) I will be running the first series of Finders Keepers Educational Charters out of Sodus Bay on My Way (34' Amberjack) (or I can come onto your boat to work with your gear). These charters are specifically designed and tailored to educate anglers on the skills they desire to learn. These can include: *Running downriggers *Advanced downrigging techniques (sliders, fixed sliders, stackers, etc.) *Running planer boards (large boards or in-lines) *Running multiple wires on a side *Creating a spread of lines for different scenarios *Reading electronics *Using waypoints to be more productive *Running meat rigs & tuning them correctly *Running flasher/flies and tying up new rigs *Running slide divers vs. standard divers vs. mag divers *How to properly sharpen your hooks *How to enter fish in the tournaments run on the Fish Donkey platform (Great Lakes Salmon Showdown & NYS Summer Classic) And anything else you may want to learn! While the emphasis will be on the educational aspect, we'll also try to put some fish on the deck too! Charters will be available weekday evenings from 5-8pm and weekends from 3-7 or 3-8pm in June, and every day after 3pm through July and August pending availability). If interested, drop me a PM for availability, pricing, and to secure a date. More information can be found at: FKsportfishing.com Let's go fishing!!
  3. The 2021 Event kicks off this weekend! Compete against teams from all across the Great Lakes in this fun 5-month long tournament event! Anglers can register at any time through the event, but must register the day before they wish to start entering fish. Every fish caught aboard a registered boat is eligible for entry making this a fantastic format for charter boats - all of your clients are already in the event with you! Join in the fun this year!
  4. Davenport's is still there too. Better selection of Moonshine, Northern King, and Stinger spoons, and only shop with Koyote Ugly flashers and spoons.
  5. Agreed, there are some events that make arrangements for the catch to be taken by groups, however most are not. Smaller species like bass, perch, walleye, etc. can be kept alive in livewells and therefore can be brought to weigh-in, entered in, then released. Trout and salmon however can not be. Any kept for a tourney will perish. In any tourney event there will be positives and negatives, for those run on the Fish Donkey platform there are little to no negatives - the reason why I (and many others) have switched all of the events we run onto this platform. These are the next generation of tourney events...
  6. It's no different than weight, just a different method of measurement. And if there happens to be a tie in total length of the Top-5 fish, then yes the first one to that total length wins, same as any similar tourney done by weight. Best thing about these events, however, is that all the fish can be released unlike all the weight-placing kill events. The platform these events are running on is far superior IMO, it just takes a little getting used to the new format. I have yet to have anyone not like the format once they have fished an event on it - speaks volumes when there are 100's of anglers fishing the other Classic events I run...
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    The statewide 2021 NYS Summer Classic will feature 3 events in one: 1) Small Species Event: (Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass, Crappie, Yellow Perch, Panfish, and Catfish) Entry Fee: $25/angler Fish Entry: Top-3 of each species place via length using the fish Donkey App Waterways: All NYS waterways 2) Large Species Event: (Salmon, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Steelhead/Rainbow Trout, Walleye, Pike/Tiger Musky, and Landlocked Salmon) Entry Fee: $25/angler Fish Entry: Top-3 of each species place via length using the Fish Donkey App Waterways:
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    For the GLSS events anglers register by boat. Any fish caught on a registered boat can be entered regardless of who caught the fish; the captain, the mates, clients, friends, family, and anyone else fishing aboard the vessel! The events are open to both the US and Canada. There are two levels of competition: Pro Division and Am Division. The only differences between the two levels are the entry fee (Pro Division = $250/boat, Am Division = $125/boat) and stipulations that require a boat to be in the Pro Division: operated by a capt. or guide, and/or if the boat is sponsored by on
  9. After running a full year testing out the Fish Donkey online tournament platform with the NYS Classic events with great success and receiving 100% positive remarks from the anglers who participated, the 2021 Great Lakes Salmon Showdown will be opening up all of the Great Lakes to compete in one monumental event that runs from May 1st through Sept. 30th. Registration is by boat ($250/boat for the Pro Division, $125/boat for the Am Division) - once registered, any salmon caught on the boat (regardless of who caught it) is eligible for entry via the Fish Donkey App. This includes charter clients for a registered charter boat. Fish are entered at the time of the catch and place via length. Pictures and/or videos verify the catch and measurement with the date/time/GPS Coords all encoded into the pics/video. The leaderboards are updated in real time and all participants are notified when a new leader is entered. Full rules and regs and other tourney information can be found within the event at FishDonkey.com (Pro) or FishDonkey.com (Am). There are many benefits to this style of tournament: 1) All fish can be released after entry (angler's choice). 2) Anglers can fish solo. 3) No extra travel necessary to bring fish to a weigh-in station. 4) No set hours - anglers can fish 24/7 and take advantage of the evening bite. 5) Event is open to both US and Canadian anglers for larger prize pools. 6) The event is 100% transparent - the number of anglers, the resulting payouts, percentages paid, sponsored prizes, etc. are all laid out for all to see. 7) The protocols along with the checks in the App offer very little opportunity for foul play. 8 ) All anglers are treated equal with no favoritism. Denied fish are publicly seen in the app (as all fish are) along with the reason why, disputes are sent to the tourney committee (5 members) for review and a final decision made. 9) The fish entry process is very quick and easy (less than a minute), especially with two people for larger fish. 10) Leaderboards update automatically in real time. We will be working to secure sponsors for the event over the next couple months as new contracts are finalized and Covid restrictions are modified. Current sponsors include: Plano, Frabill, Okuma, Koyote Ugly Spoons, FishUSA, Reel Cool Lures, and Omnia Fishing. Tourney Details: When: May 1st - September 31st Registration: Pro Division - $250/boat Am Division - $125/boat Location: Any open waters on the Great Lakes, both US and Canadian. Fish Entry: Length via Fish Donkey App Fish Placement: Stringer Total of Best-5 Salmon (boats can upsize all season long) Cash Awards: 80-85% Payback + Sponsor Prizes (checks mailed at end of event, prizes shipped)(number of places & amounts paid determined by number of boats entered, in US funds) Website: GLSSEvents.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Great-Lakes-Salmon-Showdown-Tournaments-111757507172599 Boats can be registered at any time, even after the event starts, but cannot start entering fish until the day after registration. If you have any questions, please drop me a PM. Best of luck to all the teams this year and tight lines!!
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. **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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
  16. 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
  17. 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!!
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. New website has been created: glssevents.com It's time for a new class of events where there is no room for foul play due to a solid tourney design, and no corruption. Just straight out fun, competitive fishing - by yourself, with a team, or with different clients every day, all fish caught on a registered boat is eligible no matter who catches it!! Let's turn these crazy times into crazy fun fishing! Any questions? Drop me a PM and I'll be more than happy to answer them. Registration for these events will close on August 1st.
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