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SBHW Salmon Slam - August 1st, 2015

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Hi everyone! Just a quick note to let everyone know that we will be holding the 4th annual 2015 Sodus Bay Healing Waters Salmon Slam on Saturday August 1st!

Last year's event was bigger than ever and I hope this year will be even better. Project Healing Waters and the Veterans and Service men and women are ready to get back out on the water!

For those who haven't been involved or are not familiar with the event, this single day tournament is utilized as a way to help wounded and disabled veterans and active duty military by bringing them out on the water and sharing our passion for fishing with them. Here are a couple of quick videos from the past events:

The event is coordinated with Project Healing Waters which is a non-profit organization dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fishing education and outings.

The tournament rules will be the same as last year. There is no fee to enter the tournament other than bringing one or more of our veterans/servicemen out on your team. There will be three divisions, salmon, steelhead, and brown trout. The single largest veteran/serviceman caught fish wins each divsion and there will be separate prizes for veterans and captains.

The tournament is held out of Arneys Marina in Sodus Point, NY. You do not need to be docked there, but you will need to pick up your veterans/servicemen there. If you'd like to dock there for the day/weekend call in advance, as slips run out quickly!

There will be a free barbecue after the tournament as well!

I'd like to start with opening up registration to 20 boats.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email, IM, or phone.

Those looking to donate items for the event or volunteer your time to make this event more amazing than last year, please contact me!
A link to the 2014 event discussion:
A link to the 2013 event discussion:

A link to the 2012 event discussion:
http://www.lakeontar...l=+salmon +slam

There will also be a Big Fish Friday on Friday July 31st. The rules are simple: $50 per boat to enter, fish anytime beginning 12:01AM Friday and be to the weigh in at Arney's Marina by 2:00PM. You can fish out of any port you would like, but have to weigh in by 2PM at Arneys. Payment can be made via paypal ([email protected]) or to me in person and must be made prior to 5AM on Friday. The single largest fish will win half the pot, with the other half going to the Salmon Slam.


This year's Salmon Slam rules will be the same as last year. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask!

  • All fish must be caught legally in accordance with NYSDEC regulations. All entered fish must be caught in U.S waters of Lake Ontario
  • All boats must leave from and return to Sodus Point, NY. Vessels leaving from or returning to other ports are not eligible to participate.
  • All boats must sign in at the registration table in Arneys parking lot by 6:00 am on Saturday August 1st, 2015.
  • Each boat will have a minimum of two participants, one of which is a tournament supplied veteran or volunteer.
  • Veterans will arrive at 6:15am and begin boarding their designated boats.
  • All boats will leave out front of Arneys Marina at 6:30 a.m. and travel through the channel to the lake together, once through the channel and in the lake, boats may separate and begin fishing.
  • All boats must provide at least one cellular phone number at the registration table.
  • If the lake is deemed too rough for the Salmon Slam by the tournament coordinator, prizes will be raffled off to teams who take the veterans fishing in the bay for bass, perch, etc. (Boats may take their veterans fishing on the lake if the captain deems their vessel safe for the rough lake conditions and still be eligible for the raffle).
  • Any tournament change due to weather will be made by 6:30 a.m. on the day of the event.
  • Fishing will end at 12:30pm.
  • Weigh in will be at Arney’s Marina beginning at 1:00 p.m. and end at approximately 1:30 p.m. (or when all fish are weighed in). Participants must be in line with their fish/cooler no later than 1:30 p.m.
  • Legal fish species will be any salmon and trout, except for lake trout which must be a minimum length of 30 inches. All fish must meet the minimum NYSDEC size limits at the time of weigh in. Any team bringing non-legal fish to the weigh in will be immediately disqualified.
  • The largest salmon, steelhead, and brown trout can be used for weigh in. All fish must be brought to the weigh station in coolers.
  • Scoring will be based on weight, 1 point per pound.
  • In the case of a tie, each captain will enter their name into a hat and the winner will be drawn.
  • The largest individual salmon, rainbow trout (steelhead) and brown trout will each receive awards.
  • Each teams single largest fish weighed in will receive raffle tickets based upon weight:
    • 0-9 lbs = 1 ticket
    • 10-29 lbs = 2 tickets
    • 30+ lbs = 3 tickets
  • All participants agree to hold Tournament Committee members, Project Healing Waters, Arneys Marina, Sponsors, their agents and volunteers harmless from any liability of any nature or kind for injuries and/or damages suffered by the participant during this event.
  • Participants agree to grant permission to use any photographs and videos taken during the derby or awards to the Tournament Committee and any sponsors.
  • All fish will be examined by the weigh master prior to being weighed. Any fish that has fungus or rot, freezer burns, clouded eyes, slimy gills and unresponsive flesh will be disqualified.
  • Participants agree that all decisions of the Tournament Committee are final.
  • No disposal of fish will be allowed at the weigh in. All fish must be removed from the weigh in property. Any participants disposing of fish at the weigh in property will be immediately disqualified from the tournament and any future events.
  • All tournament communication should be conducted on VHF Channel 9.
  • We promote open communication during this event in the hopes that every Veteran is able to fight a fish.
  • In the event of Emergency or returning to port early, please call the tournament coordinator, Nick Allers, at (484) 302-1590.

Big Fish Friday Rules:

$50 per boat with 50% going to the winner of largest salmon and 50% to the Salmon Slam for wounded and disabled Veterans and Servicemen. You can begin fishing anytime after 12:01 AM and from any port, but must weigh in at Arneys Marina by 2PM.

You do not need to participate in the Salmon Slam to fish BFF.

Payment must be received by Thursday July 30th. You can send me a check by mail (message me for my address), drop it off at my boat at Arneys Marina, or paypal me at [email protected]. If using paypal, please make sure to include your boat name in the comments and send me a message to let me know you paid.

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I'll be there again this year, wouldn't miss it, always a great day with some special people. 


Anyone who's even thinking about participating should jump in, you always get back more than you give from these guys.




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Hey nick are you also doing a big fish Friday ?

Yes there will be a Big Fish Friday the day before the Salmon Slam. You can fish either, or both. Big Fish Friday will be $50 per boat and single biggest king wins. You can fish any port, but must weigh in at Arneys. I'll list formal details as we get closer.

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Hi Nick - Fishfull Thinking is in again.

I may be able to help with a food donation as well. I work at BJs Wholesale club and we do some community sponsorships. Its not a huge donation, but I'm sure I could get $25 for food and drinks. Let me know if its something you can use :)



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Excellent Melissa, glad to have you again! Any food donation would be more than welcome, drinks in particluar

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Hey Nick -


Team So Saarie will be pleased to be back - most excellent day of the summer!!!! I will be in touch with you soon regarding the donation of food from the Hide-A-Way as well as whether you'd like to do the t-shirts again.



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