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2023 NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament

 

The 2023 NYS Winter Classic (Jan. 1-Feb. 28) will once again draw in anglers from all over New England to compete in one of the largest winter tournaments that includes both open water fishing and ice fishing - so no matter what kind of winter we have the event will not be canceled and anglers can still compete! Operating on one of the most secure tournament platforms (Fish Donkey), fish are entered via pictures and videos at the time of the catch, fish place via length, and the online leaderboards update in real time notifying all anglers when new leaders are entered! This year's event has a heavy load of sponsors once again that includes all of the following amazing companies:

Batavia Downs Casino * Aqua-Vu * Frabill * Plano * FishUSA * Okuma * Addicted Fishing * Hammer Built Homes * Grantley's Bait & Tackle * Kahtoola * Jiffy Ice Drills * Reel Cool Lures * Keepers Only Co. * Sullivan Tip-Downs *

Amped Outdoors * Fish Hounds Outdoors * Fish Donkey * Deep Freeze * Nautic Sport * Koyote Ugly Spoons *

Automatic Fisherman * Green Mt. Sporting Supplies * Celox * Makiplastic * BHammer Tackle * NYRA Awards *

Vital Signs * Savage Gear * Lake Ontario United

More yet to be announced!

 

Over $20,000 in Cash & Prizes to be Won!!

(Including at least one Lifetime Sportsman License Award sponsored by Grantley's B&T for a top-placing youth angler)

 

Early Bird Registration goes through Dec. 1st at Noon and will get you entered into the Early Bird Drawings (drawn during the Dec. 1st LIVE show) and the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways - done LIVE during our live shows on the tourney Facebook page at 7pm each night Dec. 1-12 as the prize packages grow each day!

 

Here are the details for the 2023 Winter Classic:

When: Jan. 1st through Feb. 28th

Where: All waterways in NY state

Registration Fee: $25/angler (both youth and adults)

Where to Register: NYSwinterclassic.com  or fishdonkey.com

(adults and youth register the same, however make sure to add "youth" to any youth angler's profile in Fish Donkey to identify them as a youth angler to make them eligible for the Lifetime Sportsman License Award(s))

Prizes to Win: Over $20,000 in cash & prizes!

Rules & Regs: Rules & Regs

Awards Ceremony: April 1st at the Batavia Downs Casino (all Top-3 placing anglers must attend)

 

If you have any questions please drop me a PM, give me a call at (585) 330-0494, or drop a comment on the tourney Facebook page! Follow the Tourney Facebook Page for the latest tourney news and announcements! More updates to come - stay tuned!!

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

**Pre-Tourney Update**

 

1st draft of the tourney flier is out sporting all of our current amazing sponsors! Now over $30,000 in cash and prizes to win, and the Early Bird Registration prizes announced yesterday:

*Aqua-Vu AV722 Underwater Camera
*(2) Frabill 48" Benchmark Bump Boards
*Frabill Ice Tackle Bag
*$50 FishUSA Gift Card
*Reel Cool Lures Lure Pack
*(2) Kahtoola Prize Packs (Microspikes, Socks, Hat, Hoodie)
*Addicted Fishing Prize Pack (Hat, Shirt, Baits)
*Automatic Fisherman Snapper
 
PLUS the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway starting this Thursday that includes two Frabill hub shelters and another Aqua-Vu camera system! Get registered by Dec. 1st to get in on the drawings and join us each night at 7pm EST on the tourney Facebook page for updates, singing, and fun times as more anglers win new gear from the Winter Classic!! Get all the details and registration info at:
 
Current angler count = 164
Current Payout for all 7 species:
1st Place = $200
2nd Place = $95
3rd Place = $65
PLUS Weekly Cash Awards = $12/species/week for the largest of each species each week.
PLUS the Top-3 Bass Cash Awards:
1st Place: $150 Cash
2nd Place: $100 Cash
3rd Place: $50 Cash
PLUS the Grantley's Bait & Tackle Youth Lifetime Sportsman Award
PLUS 14 Youth Angler Achievement Awards (Crystal Trophy Award for the top male & Female Youth Anglers in each species division)
PLUS 3 rounds of door prizes, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, raffles, youth angler prize table (at awards ceremony), and more giveaways!!
 
Main Payout and Weekly Awards will continue to increase as more anglers enter. Like and follow the tourney Facebook Page for updates, announcements, LIVE shows, sponsor and new prize announcements, and the latest tourney news! Join the fun this winter for only $25/angler!! More to come - stay tuned!!
 

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**Pre-Tourney Update**

 

Current angler count = 321
Current Payout for all 7 species:
1st Place = $355
2nd Place = $180
3rd Place = $125
PLUS Weekly Cash Awards = $25/species/week for the largest of each species each week.
PLUS the Top-3 Bass Cash Awards:
1st Place: $150 Cash
2nd Place: $100 Cash
3rd Place: $50 Cash
PLUS the Grantley's Bait & Tackle Youth Lifetime Sportsman Award
PLUS Two salmon trips from Screaming Eagle Sportsfishing (one for youth, one for veterans)
PLUS 14 Youth Angler Achievement Awards (Crystal Trophy Award for the top male & Female Youth Anglers in each species division)
PLUS 3 rounds of door prizes, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, raffles, youth angler prize table (at awards ceremony), and more giveaways!!
 
Stay tuned for more updates!!
 
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**Pre-Tourney Update**

 

Current angler count = 357
Current Payout for all 7 species:
1st Place = $400
2nd Place = $210
3rd Place = $140
PLUS Weekly Cash Awards = $25/species/week for the largest of each species each week.
PLUS the Top-3 Bass Cash Awards:
1st Place: $150 Cash
2nd Place: $100 Cash
3rd Place: $50 Cash
PLUS the Grantley's Bait & Tackle Youth Lifetime Sportsman Award
PLUS Two salmon trips from Screaming Eagle Sportsfishing (one for youth, one for veterans)
PLUS 14 Youth Angler Achievement Awards (Crystal Trophy Award for the top male & Female Youth Anglers in each species division)
PLUS 3 rounds of door prizes, 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway, raffles, youth angler prize table (at awards ceremony), and more giveaways!!
 
Additional sponsors added:
* Jammin Jigs * Florabelle Floral & Events * Screamin' Eagle Sport Fishing
* Rocky Mt. Custom Jigs * Prime Time Custom Baits
 
Register before NOON on Dec. 31st to get in on the next round of door prize drawings during our Kick-Off LIVE Show on the Tourney Facebook Page! Stay tuned for more updates!!

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**Tourney Update - Day 3**
 
Current angler count: 424
 
Current Cash Payouts for all 7 Main Species:
1st Place = $480
2nd Place = $260
3rd Place = $175
4th Place = $25 FishUSA eCard
Weekly Cash Awards = $25/species/wk
Bass Cash Awards:
1st Place = $150
2nd Place = $100
3rd Place = $50
Florabelle Classic Grand Slam Cash Award = $500
 
Youth Awards:
Florabelle Youth Grand Slam NYS Lifetime Sportsman License
Grantley's B&T Youth Grand Slam NYS Lifetime Sportsman License
Screamin Eagle Sport Fishing Charter
(14) Crystal Angler Achievement Awards
 
Coupled with the door prizes and giveaways, that's a pretty good deal for a $25 entry!! The next round of door prizes will be drawn on January 31st! Anglers can still get in on the action but must register the day before they wish to start entering fish:
 
LIVE Leaderboards can be found at:
 
Current Grand Slam results show the Top-3 anglers in a very close race:
Daniel Hargrave - 57.25"
Lucas Palmer - 56.25"
Adam Costich - 53.25"
 
The winner of the Florabelle Floral & Events Grand Slam Award will receive $500 cash and a crystal trophy. They must have the largest total combined length of their top fish in each of the 7 species (all 7 species do not have to be caught, but will likely be needed to win).
 
The end of Week #1 will be Saturday at midnight. Just a reminder that verifications can take up to 48 hrs or longer, and the Week #1 winners will not be confirmed until all fish have been verified. Best of luck to everyone for the remainder of Week #1 - tight lines!!
 

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**Tourney Update - Week #3**
 
If you are not entered into the NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament yet, now is the time to join and get in on the fun and excitement! Not only is the ice starting to build across the state on more waterways, but the next round of drawings is coming up on the 31st!! Get in on the drawings simply by registering here:
 
Lots of updates in today's post! Let's start with congratulating our Week #2 winners:
Largest Pike: Kevin MacGonegal - 34.50"
Largest Walleye: Dan Newstead - 22.75"
Largest Trout: Chris Fisher - 26.00"
Largest Pickerel: Daniel Hargrave - 25.50"
Largest Crappie: Daniel Hargrave - 13.75"
Largest Perch: Chris Fisher - 14.75"
Largest Panfish: Frank Luta Jr. - 10.00"
 
Here are the current Week #3 leaders:
Largest Pike: Dominic Sergi - 36.50"
Largest Walleye: Steven Rubyor - 28.75"
Largest Trout: Kevin Zuniga - 31.75"
Largest Pickerel: Justin Kelley - 25.75"
Largest Crappie: Daniel Newstead - 12.25"
Largest Perch: Brad Rutherford - 14.50"
Largest Panfish: Donald Roberts - 9.00"
 
The overall number of anglers is now up to 455 which has the payouts for all 7 main species up to:
1st Place = $500
2nd Place = $305
3rd Place = $185
4th Place = $25 FishUSA Gift Card
(Note: in line with angler input, we will be holding 1st Place at $500 and boosting 2nd place until it reaches $400, then boosting 3rd place until it reaches $300, then we will add in 4th and 5th place payouts)
 
Other current award leaders:
Florabelle Floral & Events Grand Slam: Daniel Newstead- 140.00"
Grantley’s bait and tackle Youth Grand Slam: Ryan Denton - 35.50"
Florabelle Floral & Events Youth Grand Slam: Savannah Hornbeck - 56.50"
 
Youth Achievement Award Leaders:
                             Top Youth Female:          Top Youth Male:
Northern Pike:               TBD                         Ryan Denton
Walleye:            Savannah Hornbeck          Cullen Fennessy
Pickerel:            Savannah Hornbeck            Leeland Miller
Trout:                              TBD                               TBD
Crappie:                          TBD                        Leeland Miller
Perch:                   Kaylynn Klehamer               Tony Sergi
Panfish:                    Shelby Hunt                   Connor Peck
**Get those youth anglers entered and out there!! Check out some of the top placing youth entrees so far!! Congrats on some great catches!!
 
Bass Cash Awards:
1st Place ($150): Zack Malagisi - 21.50"
2nd Place ($100): Justin Kelly - 19.25"
3rd Place ($50): William Winn - 18.75"
 
So much to go after in this year's event!! If you have not tried fishing an event on the FishDonkey platform, you are really missing out on some of the most fun events going on right now - live leaderboards, C&R option, easy fish entry, most secure platform, and the benefits go on and on!! Join NY's largest winter tournament today and help bring the FUN back into tournament fishing events!!

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