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2013 Sodus Bay Healing Waters Salmon Slam - August 3rd

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Nice Job Tim on BFF and good luck today to all!  I'm sure you'll show our Vets a super good time. Great thing you have put together Nick. Wish I was in NY this weekend.

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Its going west on ridge road on the right hand side just before you get to 104. About 3/4 mile past nicks diner

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we would love to thank everyone for the great time. we look forward to seeing everyone next year. if anyone has any pix we would love to see them and lets see them go up on the salmon slam face book page all.

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I'm uploading pics now and should have them up tomorrow.

A huge thank you to all of the Captains, volunteers, Veterans, Servicemen and Servicewomen, sponsors, and Project Healing Waters for making this event happen!

Mark your 2014 calendars for next years event, the first Saturday in August!

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Here's Ray holding on for dear life with one hand and his fish in the other






It was a little bumpy out there but Ray did fine and survived the whole day, more than I can say for the rest of my crew who tried chumming for fish!




Overall it was a great day giving a little back to some guys and girls that served their country well,  looking forward to next year, only hoping for calmer seas.


Thanks Theresa and Nick for putting this all together and thanks to everyone who supported the event.

Edited by mudflat

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This weekend was amazing.  A huge thank you goes out to all of you who helped make everything go so smoothly!


This year we extended the Salmon Slam to include a Friday Big Fish competition.  It was $50 per boat and the pot was split with 50% going to the boat that caught the biggest fish and the other 50% going back to the Salmon Slam event.


It was a beautiful day to go fishing.




There were ten boats entered in the Friday competition.  The fishing was hot off Sodus, especially in the deeper water.  There were some bruisers out there as well.  We managed a 24lber for 2nd place.


Bout Time (Mike and Mike Sr.)



Half Wired (Chad and Stu)



And the 2013 BFF winner, Finders Keepers (Tim)



Final Results (Top 5):

Finders Keepers - 28lb 4oz

Ruff Rider - 24lb 0oz

Bout Time - 23lb 1oz

Green Dolphin - 22lb 8oz

Half Wired - 20lb 2oz


The DEC also stopped by to weigh fish and take scale samples:



We then finished off the day with a dinner at The Normandy Inn for their prime rib night.  We had nine of the Erie Veterans and volunteers join us along with twenty one of the Captains and their families.  It was a great time and an amazing experience getting to know some of the Veterans and getting some quality time with the other Captains.




Saturday - The 2013 Salmon Slam


I don't think I got more than a few mins sleep all night, waking up every time the wind gusted or the rain poured down, just praying it would settle.


Unfortunately, my prayers were not answered and we were greeted by 3-5ft waves and WATERSPOUTS!






The Veterans and active servicemen and servicewomen began to show up and the Captain's meeting was held.  Boats were assigned and gift bags were handed out:


Vet Giftbag



Captain Giftbag including the ITO Salmon Slam Fly inside a Plano waterproof box:



The ITO Salmon Slam fly was handed out to every boat and the largest fish caught on it would win an ITO prize pack.


To be continued...




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Our 18 boats were loaded up with crew members and Veterans and we began to leave the dock.  The Coast Guard was unfortunately unable to provide escort in the morning, but they called and sent their well wishes to the teams and thanks and appreciation to the Veterans.






We joined up outside of Arneys Marina and began our procession out to the pier heads...


















We zoomed around the point and headed for the pier heads... that's when we got our first glimpse at what awaited us... an absolutely heavenly sky, one filled with multiple waterspouts!  Surprisingly it wasn't at all scary, but almost magical.






Then it was through the pier heads and off we went, slowly, to begin the tournament.
















to be continued...





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The lake was rough, really rough, but the teams persevered and setup to begin fishing.




It wasn't long and teams began announcing over the radio that they were catching fish!  However, it wasn't long and as the waves built, some teams began to announce that they were heading back in.  By about 1000, nearly half the teams had headed in.  Several teams were able to stay out and most were catching fish.... Ruff Rider however hadn't moved a rod!  We asked our Vet Dave if he wanted to head in... his answer amounted to something along the lines of "Hell no, we have a tournament to win!"  My teammate Sammy turned to him and said "We may not win, but we'll die trying for you!"  So we pointed the boat north and kept pushing through the waves... first 200fow, then 300fow... then 400fow... by that time my crew was looking at me like I was nuts, but I knew sooner or later we just had to hit stable water... it finally came in 550fow.  We marked almost no fish at all from 180fow to 500fow.  At 550fow, there was a substantial thermalcline setup around 70ft down with a few hooks going through it.  At that point, Sammy and Dave began asking why we didn't have the ITO Salmon Slam fly out!  I gave in and put it out on a Mt Dew dodger.  It didn't take long and our 350ft dipsey on a #1 setting started screaming, we were finally hooked up and it was a good fish! 


It was too rough for Dave to stand up and fight the fish so he sat in the chair and fought the king like a pro!  Then all of a sudden the 280 dipsey on a #1 setting with the ITO Salmon Slam fly starts ripping also!  We are doubled!!! 




Now I'm a bit worried, it's sloppy out there and we've got two fish on.  Sammy fights his fish off the starboard and Dave fights his off the port.  Sammy gets his fish to the net quickly and we see it's a real nice steelie!  I net it and the hooks stick in the net causing it not to "hoop".  I carefully lifted the fish into the boat and we had our first one aboard! 






Dave continued to fight his fish for over half an hour!  The waves and current were causing his fish to fight like a brute!  Finally a nice 20lb king hit the deck and we were all ecstatic!



to be continued...





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We had about an hour and a half to fish, but knowing how far out we were we decided to only fish for another 45mins.  We ended up doing another small king and two small steelies, all of which were thrown back to fight another day!


We started running back in and were able to find a good diagonal path to the waves and made very good time back.


It was then time for weigh in...


Outta Line



Bout Time



Green Dolphin



Horst Play



Reel Outlaw



Ruff Rider






Finders Keepers



Why Knot



Fishfull Thinking



Dipsy Ranger




At the end of weigh in, Dipsey Ranger took 1st place salmon and big fish on the ITO Salmon Slam fly, Finders Keepers took 2nd place salmon, Ruff Rider took 1st place steelhead also on the ITO Salmon Slam fly, and Reel Outlaw took 1st place brown.












Then once the winning teams were announced it was time for the prize ceremony.  We did things a bit differently this year in that we allowed folks to pick their prizes... the division winners got to go first with both a Vet prize and a Captain prize and then we raffled off the rest of the prizes by giving out raffle tickets based upon the size of the team's largest fish... everyone got at least one ticket.  You guys will need to let me know if you liked the "pick your own prize" method this year.


The first prize chosen ended up being the FishHawk x4



Followed by one of the four Shark Cannonballs



And then one of the awesome Frabill Power Catch nets chosen by yours truly.



As well as the Dandy Eyes Half Day charter!



The rest of the prizes were given as everyone enjoyed the hot dogs, hamburgers, and some amazing salads from RFH's Hide-A-Way restaurant from Phoenix,NY.
























to be continued...





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In closing, this year's Salmon Slam was an amazing time and seeing the countless smiles on the Veteran's and Servicemen's faces made me extremely proud of each and every Captain and volunteer that participated.  This was much more than just a fishing tournament, it was an opportunity to make new friends and show our appreciation for those who have given more than many of us could ever imagine.  I felt truly blessed to be able to give a small piece of a hobby I love so much, to share a passion for fishing that runs deep in my veins, with men and women whom I respect, idolize, and owe so much to.  It is because of them and many more like them, that I have the abillity and the freedom to live my life doing what I love... nailing giant kings on Lake Ontario!





Edited by bobs_boy

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i want to extend my gratitude to everyone who helped out. It all started Thursday with a couple of us setting up and sharing some great laughs and ended Saturday afternoon with all of us tearing down and still laughing. As always Nick and Theresa did an outstanding job and this turned out to a great event. This is a special event for me as I always have my Father ride with me (who is a VET) and we also take another Vet from the group. Dad never talks much about what he has been through but when he meets all the other Vets and spends time with him he shares some stories and you can truly see the bond that these guys share. Although the waves were BIG and many stomachs were green EVERYONE had a smile on their face. I truly do not think that we could have had a better group of Captains or Vets for this event. I heard everyone single person there who not only fished but volunteered to cook, setup, teardown, and just plain help in anyway we needed say "I CANT WAIT TO NEXT YEAR". My hats off to everyone especially Nick and Theresa - God Bless the USA !!!!

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This is the type of event and the type of people that make you feel proud to be American! Incredible event and wonderful pics/descriptions that made me feel as though I'm right there. Hopefully next time I will be. A big "thank you" to all from all my vet brothers.... I know they would feel the same.  Les

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Well said Mike and thank you and your family for all of your help throughout the weekend and the past several months as we prepared for this event!  There is no way this event could ever have happened without the support of you and your family!


Also, the rest of the photos I have can be seen at the following link:


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Nick and Theresa - you guys have done a great job with this! If we were closer to Sodus we'd definitely participate in this event.

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Thanks Rick, I think you need to get back in your bass boat and head over to Sodus like the good ol days!



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