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2018 NYS Summer Classic (July 1 - August 31)

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Once again anglers from across the state will compete in the largest open water event of the summer! Anglers can fish any time between July 1st and August 31st on any NYS waterway using any legal angling method for a variety of fish species! This year's weigh-in network will feature over 75 locations for anglers to bring fish in to. Registration is only $25/angler ($35 if entering the optional Lunker Pool) and $165/boat or guide for the Captains Pool (includes Summer Classic registration for the Captain with the Lunker Pool). 


As the statewide Classic events continue to grow, so will the prize structure - this summer the awards ceremony will occur at Batavia Downs where we will be awarding the Grand Prize award of up to $25,000 or more, all Top-3 anglers will be hosted overnight, and 50 lucky anglers will have a chance at a $34,000 2018 Qwest Adventure Boat from Captain Ken's Bayside Boats with alternate prizes valued up to $400! Running alongside the LOC events, Challenge events, and other Lake Ontario tournaments, this year's Summer Classic has a focus on Lake Ontario offering full salmon and lake trout categories, a $200 monthly award for the largest brown trout, and a new Captains Pool event specifically designed for the charter and guide services on Lake Ontario where every trout or salmon caught is eligible to enter. Now charter services and guides can compete all season and not have to worry about who's entered in the events and who is not - every fish can count! Plus there are additional $500+ cash awards for the Captain(s) with the largest salmon/trout/steelhead caught by a Summer Classic angler! 


Summer Classic Details:

Full categories this year include:


*Lake Trout




*Yellow Perch

*Rock Bass




$200 Monthly Cash Awards:

*Largest Brown Trout


*White Perch/Silver Bass


Additional Prizes and Awards:

*Largest fish entered by a female angler (Okuma Trolling Combo)

*Largest fish entered by a youth angler (Free Mount)

*Monthly Largest king salmon award at each Lake Ontario station (salmon gear package inc. an exclusive Koyote Ugly Summer Classic Flasher)

*Random Placement Prizes

*Lunker Pool Cash Awards (Top 3 in each category)

*Door Prizes

*Youth Angler Awards


Follow the event on Facebook for all the updates, announcements, sponsor highlights, and much more! All the rules and regs can be found at: www.NYSsummerclassic.com along with online registration, weigh-in station map, the leader boards, prizes up for grabs, and much more! Make every day a tourney day this summer and get into the NYS Summer Classic - sign-up at one of the promo days coming up and score a $10 Free Play Card to Batavia Downs (first 250 anglers) plus some free gear and/or swag items (while supplies last):

Cabela's (Cheektowaga) - May 19th 10-4pm

Field & Stream (Henrietta) - May 26th 10-4pm **Get a reel spooled up for free with registration (while supplies last, one reel per sign-up, line types and weights vary and subject to availability)

Bass Pro Shops (Auburn) - June 9th 10-4pm

(Additional sign-up prizes/gear available at select shops)


*Reminder*: All Top-3 fish must be kept and will be required at the awards ceremony for scanning, verification, pictures, to be on display, and possible mounting.


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Just a reminder that registration for this summer's event is open online and at most weigh-in locations! Those in the Rochester area can stop over to the Pelican's Nest on June 15th or 29th to register and have a shot at not only some nice early bird drawings, but you can also register for a 4-hr charter for up to 6 people on Bullseye Charters along with free tourney passes! 



This summer join the Captains Pool event and every fish caught aboard your boat or while guiding can be entered into the pool regardless if your clients are in the Summer Classic or not! In this event every fish can count to put you on top of the leader board, plus you'll receive free advertising/exposure across the Summer Classic tournament platform with links to your guide/charter service and highlights on Facebook for entering and when a new leader emerges! $165 registers your boat and gets the captain into the Summer classic as well! Payout structure is split 50/50 to trout and salmon divisions, then paid 50/30/20 to the Top 3 in each Division to start (more places paid with increasing participation). Additional cash awards for the captain with the overall largest Salmon, largest trout, and largest steelhead caught by a Summer Classic angler while on board. Get the full details within the Rules & Regs at:



This event runs alongside all other tournament events and allows anglers to enter fish from other events (pending other event rules & regs). With some of the best fishing ever on Lake Ontario, this summer is going to be a fantastic tournament season!! Whether you're fishing the team Pro-Am events, Challenge events, or just the larger LOC and Summer Classic events, it's going to be GAME ON!! Tight lines everyone!! #Kingfest2018

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