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2017 NYS Summer Classic Tournament (June 17 - Aug. 31)

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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:



    *Lake Trout

    *Bass (SMB/LMB)





    *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: www.NYSsummerclassic.com

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!!

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Confirmed sponsors so far:




Savage Gear

Automatic Fisherman




Hydro Glow

Shark Cannonballs


Northland Fishing Tackle

Clingerman Taxidermy

Green Mt. Sporting Supplies

The Angler Magazine

Hirsch Taxidermy


Coyote Ugly Spoons

Fish Allure


Vital Signs

Derk's Tackle

Field & Stream

Bass Pro Shops


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! 

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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...

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10,000 flyers and 100 posters have been sent all over the state and should be in your local weigh-in locations soon if they aren't already, along with registration materials!! Anglers can start signing up now at most locations! Several sponsorships confirmed this week are adding to the prizes to be given out this summer and will be announced starting next week, along with several other announcements associated with the prize structure! This is going to be awesome - stay tuned!!

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**Tournament Update**


New Weigh-ins added to the network for this summer:

Fishy Business B&T in Bluff Point

Woody's Tackle Sportshop in Pulaski

Henderson Tackle Shop in Henderson

Jim's Baitshop in Mayfield

Screwy Louie's Sportshop in Fair Haven

Ernie's B&T in Richford

Bald Eagle Marina in Kendall

Evan's Ace Hardware in Medina

More coming soon!


New sponsors confirmed for the Summer Classic Line-Up:

Hirsch Taxidermy

Shark Cannonballs

Multiple Weigh-in locations adding tackle to the Youth Prize Packs.


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Here is the latest weigh-in location map - 66 total stations and still growing! Today we started to put together the youth and adult tackle prizes to be given out to the Top 3 winners across all 10 categories. Some BIG things on the horizon - stay tuned!!


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Prize Packs.jpg

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If you missed the Outdoor Beat TV show last week, you can check it out online at: https://livestream.com/LCTV…/events/2964614/videos/158070284
This weekend the NYS Summer Classic Fishing Tournament kicks off as the NY State bass season opens up! This weekend we'll be on the WBEE 92.5 FM Taking It Outdoors Show with Jeremy Newman - a great show where we discuss the details of the event and all around fishing! It airs Sunday morning at 7am - tune in!!

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