**If you plan to register at one of the Meet-N-Greet events, we will only be accepting cash**
3/28/13: We are currently looking at making some adjustments based on feedback from anglers. Please fill-out our new survey located HERE. 3/26/13: The final standings for the Tupper Event have been posted and can be found HERE. Preparations for next year's events have already begun and the dates will be announced soon. 3/20/13: We are now starting to plan the 2014 events! Stay tuned for the release of the 2014 dates and early bird registration promotional details!! Right now all of the 2013 apparel is ON SALE and priced to sell! There are limited quantities! Access our online store HERE. 3/14/13: The Tupper Lake Event was a huge success, where anglers scored BIG as we offloaded over $30,000 in cash and prizes!! The DEC officers were very accomondating and all our anglers had a great time going after walleye, pike, lake trout and occassional perch. Congratulations to all the winners as some great fish were iced and were still kicking at the awards ceremony for all to see!! Check out all the pictures of our anglers, the awards ceremony, and other shots on our facebook page HERE. If you missed the events this year, stay tuned for our announcement of the dates for next year's events!
3/8/13: Anyone with an ATV will need to use the northern launch as the Rock Island ice access has an access of slush at this time. Also, since our awards ceremony will be at the Civic Center (which is part of the school system), there is no smoking, tobacco, or alcohol allowed on school grounds, and at the awards ceremony. Adirondack Tackle will be open at 2am Sat and Sun for anglers.
3/7/13: We're all packed up, along with the Polaris Sportsman 500 and over $30,000 in prizes. We'll be making the treck up to Tupper Lake later today and then starting to get everything ready. Good luck to all the anglers making the trip for this last round of tournament action for the season! The fishing has been fantastic on the lake the last few weeks and we are expecting to see some great catches this weekend!!
3/5/13: To ensure the Tupper Lake Event runs as smooth as possible, a few changes have been made:
1) Fishing will be limited to Big Tupper Lake ONLY, with access points at the north and south ends. There will be
weigh-in stations at both access points. We will be placing boundary markers at both ends which are not to be crossed
for our anglers' safety.
2) The Awards Ceremony has been moved to the Tupper Lake Civic Center at McLaughlin Ave. & Santa Clara Ave. Tupper Lake, NY 12986, and will still commence at 6pm. All door prizes will be claimed here as well.
3) The southern access will be ONLY for sleds, walkers, and wheelers with tred systems - the access is very steep and
not suited for ATV's. Plus, there currently is a thick layer of slush on the south end of the lake making for very
difficult travel. The northern access point will be open to any transport.
4) While it has not been confirmed yet, we may have shotgun starts from both locations. Details will be disclosed at the
captains meeting friday night at 7pm at the Rod & Gun Club.
3/4/13: While we are gearing up for the Tupper Lake event, we will also be paying close attention to the ice on the lake, as daytime temperatures are forecast to push 40 Fri, Sat, and Sun. Stay tuned for any updates and/or associated changes.
2/28/13: After running through the Sodus Event, we are making some "tweaks" for the Tupper Event:
1) To make the playing field more even for the Lunker Pools, we are moving the start time for the Open Division anglers to 5am and the Shotgun Start to 5am. In other words, no anglers should be on the ice until 5am.
2) We are adding Lake Trout into the mix, but as a single, seperate pool with one prize. There's no additional fees, and the prize (an Aqua-Vu Micro Plus camera system) will go to the largest lake trout entered by weight. If this goes over well we will likely make lake trout one of the main species next year.
3) For registration, Pro-Am teams may sign-up until 5am Sat provided they have a one-on-one consultation with me to go over everything that is covered in the captains meeting on Friday night. After 5am Sat, the Pro-Am Division is closed off. The Open Division will be closed off to new anglers at 7am each day, although people may still purchase "Non-fishing" registrations to get in for the door prizes any time up until 12 noon on Sunday.
4) At this time it looks like we will have 2 or 3 weigh stations: One near the Red Top Inn, the other at the south end of the main lake, and one possibly at Raquette Pond. The Raquette Pond location will be pending the number of anglers fishing that area.
5) The awards ceremony location is currently TBD, as we have a few options to explore this weekend before we make an official decision.
Keep in mind, online registration closes this weekend, afterwhich you will need to register at the event. We will be creating maps for the area once all locations for the various events have been finalized this weekend.
2/26/13: The second day of the Sodus Event proved to be just as challenging as the first! The fish just were not willing to cooperate, forcing the teams/anglers to struggle again to put fish on the ice. Then a bit of snow and wind to top it off made for a very challenging day. In the end Team Franklin House came away with the well-deserved win in the Pro-Am Division, while Wayne Lennox brought the largest perch to the scales weighing in at 1.37 lbs, and Joe Emmi took first place in the Panfish with a 0.38 lb bluegill. At the end of the awards ceremony, Gerald Pinkley Jr. had a big smile as his family hopped on their brand new 2013 Polaris Sportsman 500 ATV! For a full listing of all the winners, visit the results page HERE. Thank you to all those who helped make this event a huge success! We'll be adding pictures throughout the week, along with a full tournament description. Now all eyes are set on Tupper Lake - who will reign as the first place champions?
2/23/13: The NYS IPA Sodus Event has started off on a very positive note with great feedback from the anglers. Day 1 was a tough bite for most, with only 2 Pro-Am teams catching their team limit of 6 perch/panfish. No pike or walleye were caught. Good luck to all the teams tomorrow!!
2/21/13: Well, today we'll start packing up and heading to Sodus Point to start setting everything up. Here's a little teaser for the teams/anglers coming this weekend: HERE 2/18/13: Today we walked the north end of Sodus Bay and measured nothing less than 5" of black ice. Some areas had as much as 9". We have posted a map of the bay and the ice check points we measured that can be seen HERE. There is also a map indicating the usual hazzards areas for those who may not be familiar with the bay. We have now confirmed that the Captain's meeting will be at the Sodus Point Firehall, not the North Rose-Wolcott High School. This way everything is all on the point and much easier for everyone, including us!! We have had several more Pro-Am teams pre-register, which will push the prize money checks higher when they they confirm at registration. The more teams in, the higher the payout!
The Awards Ceremony is also now confirmed to be at the public parking lot by Sodus Bay Hots and the playground. Captain Jacks will be there with their grill providing all sorts of great food!! We will be drawing the door prizes (except the ATV(s)) at noon Sunday and will post the winning numbers on large whiteboards near the staging for the awards ceremony. So when you come off the ice, you can check the boards. Prizes can be claimed at the Firehall and you must present your winning ticket. All door prizes must be claimed by the start of the awards ceremony at 6pm.
**Davenport's Baitshop will be open until 8pm Fri, and open early at 3am Sat and Sun**
**Warren's Hook, Line, & Sinker will be CLOSED until March**
2/17/13: We have now posted the CONFIRMED PRIZE PAYOUTS for the Sodus Bay Event: HERE
2/17/13: Today we hashed out the finalized product payout structure (it only took 5 hrs to allocate it all) for Sodus. I'm currently putting it on the website and will update it later tonight once I have it all input. This is the finalized, guaranteed prize structure - what you see is what we ARE giving out at Sodus!! You'll want to be sitting down when see what we're giving away!! Just for a teaser, the 1st Place Am team will walk away about $2,000 in cash and prizes!!
Also, a couple updates:
1) Bay Bridge Sportshop (west side of bridge) will open late on Friday until 8pm, and open early at 3am on Sat.
2) Capt. Jack's will be providing concessions (burgers, hotdogs, sausage, etc.) Sat and Sun and possibly providing BBQ Ribs & Chicken pending if Bad to the Bone BBQ confirms with us on Monday.
3) All Open anglers will only have to check in once during the tournament - you will get your weigh-in forms for Day 1 & 2 and sign your waiver for the whole event. Therefore there will be no need to check in on Sun.
4) Online registration for all teams ends tonight, however we are going to allow Open anglers to sign up through Sunday at Noon, and amateur Teams to sign-up until Saturday's Shot gun start. However, any Am teams that sign up after today will not receive the perks (Frabill aerator and PK Lure Pack) that the registered teams through tonight will receive.
We are keeping to our word that this will be the largest ice fishing event to ever hit Sodus Bay!! Stay tuned for daily updates!!
2/16/13: To clarify the OPEN Division rules we have created a streamlined set of rules for the Open Division. They can be found on the rules & regs page. Those anglers coming from the east for the Sodus Event can get bait at Larry's Salmon Shop in Oswego and Screwy Louie's Sportshop in Fair Haven.
2/15/13: **Due to complications with the gym use at the North Rosw-Wolcott High School, the awards ceremony for the Sodus Event has been moved to Sodus Point. Exact location is currently TBD, but will be in the vicinity of the park or public ice access. The Captains meeting will still take place at the High School on Friday.
2/14/13: **Anyone looking to fish the OPEN Division at the Sodus Bay Event next weekend, you are strongly urged to pre-register by Sunday night (last day to register online for the Open Division), otherwise you may be in line for a lengthy period of time as the masses come in to register Friday evening and Sat morning. **
2/12/13: After many lengthy discussions with the Chautauqua County Tourism office, Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, and local law enforcement, we called a committee meeting last night to discuss the current ice situation on Chautauqua. After much discussion, it was a unanimous decision to cancel the Chautauqua Event. We need a solid 4" of safe ice across the entire waterway we are fishing, which is not found on Chautauqua Lake at this point. There are fishable areas with up to 6" of ice, but it would be impossible for us to safely outline each area for our anglers. The current temperature forecast is also not conducive to enough ice building, and will likely just maintain the current ice in place. All registered teams will be contacted over the next day with registration options.
On a better note, the Sodus Bay event is looking favorable at this point with cold temperatures forecast into mid-week next week. However, we will need to keep the cold in place through next weekend! Daily forecasts will begin next Monday and posted off a link on the Sodus Bay Event's page.
We would like to welcome our newest Series sponsor: Jammin Jigs! We are expecting a shipment of their awesome painted jigs early next week for the Sodus Event!
2/10/13: At this point, the Chautauqua Event is being closely monitored and a "go", "No Go" call will be made as soon as we have a handle on the ice situation there. We're hoping to make a call on Tuesday after we see how the snow from this latest storm and the warm-up on Monday effect the ice. We will be exploring various scenarios (like only running the event on the north and/or south ends), but due to variables outside of our control, other options may or may not be possible. We would say it is safe to assume motorized transport will not be an option at this point, so we are planning for a walking-only tournament. we have added a weather & ice forecast page linked off the Chautauqua Event page. This will be updated daily as I receive new information and update the forecasts. More details will be outlined as we get closer to the event.
We will be updating the website with the final round of Am teams that signed up over the last couple days and sending out confirmation emails later today. We will also be finalizing the payout structures based upon the current sponsored product that we have received, including a shipment of Automatic Fisherman units, the PK Lures shipment, Plano tackle boxes, and our newest Series Sponsor: Polystic GLO!! They are sending 50 sample packs of their glow strips to distribute at each event!!
This week will be a busy one - stay tuned as we keep everyone updated on the status of the Chautauqua Event!
2/8/13: We are pleased to announce that TrakMaps is our newest sponsor for the Tupper Lake Event this year with 60 of their laminated, waterproof, Tupper Lake area topographic maps to be included with all the prize placements! We will also have 50 for sale at the Tupper Event while they last for those who would like a map of the entire waterway, updated with the latest depth information.
You can check out TrakMaps on their website.
We are in full-on preparation mode now for the Chautauqua Event coming up next week! Registrations continue to flood in and we'll start having ice and weather predictions starting on Monday.
2/4/13: Check out the interview we had with Nathan Krusko from Northeast Ice Fishing where we discuss many aspects of the series from the Pro-Am structure to the prize payouts and everything inbetween: click here
2/3/13: We received quite a few registrations over the weekend for the Chautauqua Event, and also, after being ont he Grizzly Gary show this morning, have had may requests to extend the registration period for the Pro & Am's. So we are going to extend the registration period for the Chautauqua Event through Sat Feb. 9th at midnight.
Our new series sponsor is Plano! They have come through with a HUGE sponsorship of tackle boxes!! These will be infused into the prize packages, door prizes, and giveaways to youth anglers.
More to come, stay tuned!!
1/31/13: A couple concerns were brought up tonight regarding OPEN Division anglers who have signed up. IF you completed registration by making the registration payment, you should receive a confirmation email from us (if you did not, please drop us an email and we will check our information to confirm). We are not issuing angler numbers to OPEN Division anglers until you check in at the tournament. At the tournament you will receive an information pack including the rules & regulations, maps, local promotions/discounts from area businesses, door prize tickets, etc. Sample product will be going to the Pro and Am teams.
All details about where weigh-in will be, registration location, etc. will be confirmed and posted on our website, here and on facebook by the Monday prior to the event. If they are confirmed sooner, it will be posted.
1/31/13: We just posted the trophy sets for our first event on Chautauqua Lake, complete with marble bases and replica fish topping the 1st place trophies. Engraved plates will be added once the event is confirmed. The trophy sets can be viewed HERE. We would like to welcome our two newest sponsors (Crazy Horse Sportfishing & Zip N Zim Sportfishing) who have each offered a 5-hr salmon charter for 1-4 youth anglers. We will be drawing for these at the Sodus Event. There are also several more sponsorships in the works that we will announce once the details of the sponsorships are finalized, including another major Series Sponsor! We picked up the Strikemaster Lazer Mag 8" power augers and Buddy heaters from Bass Pro Shops yesterday to be included in the door prizes. To help streamline the registration and check-in process, we have created a liability waiver and media release form that will be applicable to the entire event weekend, and can be printed off our site, filled out ahead of time, and brought with you when you check-in. This form can be found on the digital files page or by clicking HERE. Other files are also available including our latest flier with the OPEN registration on the back, as well as the Rules & Regulations.
1/25/13: If you are registering for the Pro or Am Division, please make sure to complete the registration process by submitting your payment. You will not be registered unless payment is made. Also, if you have not seen the latest issue of ODU Magazine, it has a ton of great information in it and can be seen here: http://www.odumagazine.com/Magazines/ODUJanIce2013/
1/20/13: Well, the wait is over!! Most of the apparel is now up for sale on our store at last! The beanie hats will be up soon. This year we will be selling just the Premium 3-Fish design and General Tournament Design at the tournaments and on our site, however the other designs (Pike, Walleye, and Perch) will be available soon on a sister store site run by our graphics company. The apparel bought off our site will be for PICK-UP ONLY at the event of your choice (indicated in the Notes section during check-out).
1/14/13: We drew for the Frabill sign-up package from this weekend including (2) Frabill Fin-S Combos, (2) Frabill Hats, (2) Frabill Premium Logo Stickers, (2) Frabill Lanyards, and (2) Frabill Drop-Shot Weights. And the winner is....
Joe Emmi from Baldwinsville, NY!! Congratulations!!
1/7/13: Our graphics team is feverishly working on printing up a set of apparel for us to have on-hand at the Sportsman Show this weekend, so those anglers coming out to the show will have first dibs on sporting the new graphics apparel! We're also going to be giving away a sweet Frabill package - all those who register this weekend will be put into a special drawing for the following Frabill package including (2) Fin-S combos, (2) Hats, (2) Lanyards, (2) Drop Weights, and (2) Premium Decals.
We also have items to give out to any kids that stop by! If you can't make the show, I am going to try to have the apparel up on our website tomorrow night for pre-order to be picked up at the tournament events. Hopefully by the beginning of February, the online store will be up and those will ship directly to you. We are currently working with 2 trophy companies to acquire the full set of trophies for the events. One is in California and incorporates resin replica fish! Check them out at: www.keneagle.com/trophies.htm
1/4/13: Today we got Frabilled!! We received the order from Frabill including a majority of the prizes to be given out at the Chautauqua Event, as well as a ton of promotional items!! Want to see what a ton of Frabill products looks like? Click HERE! If 1,000 or more anglers show up to fish the Chautauqua Event, we'll be giving the entire lot out to the masses!! What are you waiting for? REGISTER TODAY and get in on the largest events to hit the ice this season!! All it takes is $40 to get in for all the door prizes, including the 2 Sportsman 500 ATV's, Jiffy & Strike Master power augers, and a mass of Frabill products!! Our apparel will be available by next week as well sporting amazing graphics from Savage Gear!!
12/30/12: We are currently finalizing all the details for the new Tupper Lake dates, and getting ready for the Sportsman Show in Syracuse. We should be receiving the first order from Frabill this week which will be supplying the Chautauqua Event with tons of product! We finally have some ice - let's hope it lasts through March!!
12/22/12: After much discussion, the tournament committee has decided to postpone the Tupper Lake Event until March 8-10, 2013. With there being no ice currently and windy conditions forecast for the next few days inhibiting ice formation, plus a couple snow events forecast next week, while there may be some fishable ice by Jan. 5th, there will likely be many areas of unsafe ice that would make for a huge task to outline, and it would only take one missed area to ruin the event.
The Tupper Lake Event has been postponed until March 9th & 10th, with the captains meeting on the 8th.
Emails will be sent to those already registered with options for refunds or forwarding their registrations.
12/20/12: Tonight we drew for the Aqua-Vu Micro Plus underwater camera system. All those that entered one of the events in the Am or Pro Divisions got in for the drawing. The drawing can be viewed by clicking: HERE
Just a reminder that this weekend (Dec. 23rd at midnight) is the cut-off for the Tupper Lake registration in the Amateur and Professional Divisions.
Last night we traveled to Hamburg, NY for the Southtowns Walleye Association meeting. It went very well and we made some fantastic connections there, as well as met some great anglers looking to fish the Chautauqua and Sodus events. Thank you again to the President (Woody) for allowing us to speak before the association!
12/15/12: The Meet-n-greet events went very well and we were able to talk to many anglers about the series. Finally we have some ice starting to be made in the north country, and current forecasts look favorable for the end of next week across the state! We are currently talking with several companies about sponsorship and once the details are finalized we will announce the new sponsorships! Just a reminder that if any of our events are cancelled, all registrations will be forwarded to next year's events, and all anglers will be entered into all promotional offers throughout the year.
We'll be announcing the winner of the new Aqua-Vu Micro Plus underwater camera system this week in a video that shows the drawing. The video will be placed here on our website - stay tuned!!
12/2/12: Who wants one of the new Aqua-Vu Micro units? Just register for any of the Pro-Am Tournaments (Pro, Am, or
Open Divisions) by December 15th, and you'll be entered into the drawing for one!! Going to fish more than one event? Each registration for each event gets you another chance in the drawing! The winning angler will recieve their unit at their first event during check-in so they can use it for the event! Register today and good luck!!
11/29/12: We are currently looking for angler input for the graphics on our tournament apparel lines. Please visit the link below to voice your opinion!
11/21/12: PK Lures have come through with a ton of support and will be giving a lure package to the first 200 Pro and Am teams to sign up for each event! Plus there will be additional prize packages to be announced as we get closer to the events! Their products will be available at each event - we'll let you know where when we confirm the locations! Or you can check them out online at: www.pklures.com. Aqua Vu has now offered a Micro Plus DVR camera system - the details on how we will be giving that one away are still being finalized, but will have something to do with the largest perch caught during the series and underwater video footage! A list of all the donated prizes will be posted soon along with a projected prize structure for Tupper Lake. Go to the Tupper Lake information page for all the details. Listen for radio ads that will be starting in Mid-December across the Adirondacks Region on the following: Y106.3 (WYZY-FM, 105.9-Plattsburgh, 106.5-Saranac Lake), ROCK105 (WLPW-FM Lake Placid, WRGR-FM Tupper Lake), and WNBZ (AM 1240 Saranac Lake, AM 920 Lake Placid).
11/18/12: We would like to thank our newest sponsors: Bayside Boat & Tackle, and Screwy Louie's Sportshop. We are also going to be speaking with PK Lures this coming week on the details of their sponsorship - details to come! Our apparel lines will be coming out in another week or two, once we finalize the designs/graphics (we're trying to acquire permissions for some killer graphics right now).
11/16/12: We just received a huge promo package from the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau including discounted hotel rates and promo grab bags for all our tournament participants! Information is now posted on the website. This weekend we are also hoping to get our apparel line finished and up on the storefront. We will also be talking with Dinosaur BBQ in Rochester about dinner options for the Sodus Event and talking with a multitude of companies for additional sponsorships.