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3/8/15: Just a few reminders for the Invitational teams next weekend:
1) No pre-fishing in the targeted area (waterway between LeRoy/Eagle/Newark islands on Sodus) after today (Sunday 3/8).
2) No motorized transport (we will be shuttling everyone out to the shotgun start and back).
3) No Shanties.
4) All teams are required to have and use a cooler to keep fish alive for weigh-in and go for the 2-pt bonus per pike released (and be able to cull your fish throughout the day).
5) Minimum size for pike is 28", minimum size for panfish is 6".
6) All teams must arrive by 5am or be DQ'ed.
7) Team members do not have to fish together, but must remain within the event boundaries at all times and combine fish before weigh-in.
8) All teams and their fish must be in the weigh-in line before 3:00pm.
9) All teams must have matching team attire for the awards ceremony at Jack's (t-shirts or jerseys, etc.).
10) Prime rib dinner at Jack's included at awards ceremony.
There will be a Lunker Pool ($20/team paid at check-in) split 50/50 for largest overall pike and largest overall panfish. All teams are to park along the roadside by the Connelly's ice access (bay side of the road).
2/14/15: Our newest sponsor, Dish It Out Eatery on Sodus, will have breakfast sandwiches and hot drinks available during check-in tomorrow from 3-4:30am. Check them out HERE!
2/14/15: The forecast for tomorrow's event on Sodus is nothing short of brutal: single digit temps, 15-25 mph winds, lake effect snows, and dangerously cold wind chills. Make sure your heaters are working, get a stockpile of propane, and it is highly suggested teams DO NOT use wheelers due to the deep snow drifts already on the ice coupled with more snow in the forecast. We will be providing teams with weigh-in bagsif needed to transport the pike when caught to the weigh-in station to help ensure the C&R of all pike during this event. Layer up and we'll see everyone Sunday morning!!
2/10/15: ***Oneida Team-Only Event has been moved to Sodus Bay***
Due to recommendations from our local sources on Oneida and the deteriorating travel conditions on the lake (2-3 ft of snow turning to slush coupled with pressure cracks becoming dangerous areas), we have made the decision to move the event this Sunday to Sodus Bay. We apologize for any inconvenience, but angler safety and smooth event logistics are of the upmost importance and essential to the success of our events. We will be in contact with those teams who have already registered and paid for the event for a refund or we can forward their registration to Sodus. Here are the details of the new event location:
*Check-in/registration will be at the Sodus Pt. Firehall from 2:30-6am.
*Shotgun/weigh-in location preliminarily planned for Maiden Lane ice access on Sodus Point (pending ice access conditions).
*Fish species for each team will be: 3 largest pike by weight and 12 largest yellow perch by weight.
*All pike will be run to weigh-in as soon as caught (except optional run-in for walking teams) - all teams will be given tournament flags so anglers can temporarily leave gear. Weigh-in station/hub will be set-up at shotgun location.
*Awards ceremony will occur at shotgun/weigh-in location.
*Current ice conditions on Sodus Bay: 14-20" of ice with 1-1.5 ft of snow on top. Wheelers may have some trouble in spots. It is walkable, but a work-out. Will give updates as we get closer.
1/19/15: This past weekend's event on Chaumont Bay kicked-off at 5:07 am with the shotgun start of 34 teams heading out in the -16 degree temps. Many nice fish were caught that ended up also making the Winter Classic leader board. Full results are listed on our FB page and via the link above.
Online registration is now open for the 2-day Chaumont Bay Full IPA Event on Jan. 31st and Feb. 1st, along with the Walleye Dinner Banquet hosted at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel on Sat. the 31st at 6pm. Registration for the walleye dinner is required and will be open until the 26th. Other anglers are welcome to attend but will need to order off their general menu. We will continue to update the event pages throughout this week so stop back often!!
1/14/15: We are good to go for machines. Greg reported 6" of black ice over 30 fow tonight. However, we are urging anglers to exercise extreme caution if venturing to deep water (over 20 ft) especially with ATV's. Check ice often and when going out from the shotgun, use navigational equipment or follow those who do.
I am very happy to add that we will have 3 fire departments at the ready as they practice ice rescue, along with an airboat to add to our safety net should anyone get into trouble during the event.
1/13/15: For those teams fishing the event this weekend, please get to the launch after registering as early as possible to ensure you get checked in (gear checked) and staged prior to 5am. We will not be delaying the shotgun start for teams arriving too early to 5am to get checked and staged. Registration opens at 2am to ensure there is time to get everyone processed and ready for the 5am shotgun start.
1/12/15: Major changes to the Chaumont Bay/Black Lake Full IPA Event:
1) Now is a 2-day event (Jan. 31st & Feb. 1st)
2) Only on Chaumont Bay
3) Registration & Awards Ceremony will occur at 3-mile Bay Fire Hall (8581 NY Rt. 12E)
More details to come! The 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel has rooms available for those needing a place to stay, and we will be putting together a walleye dinner/banquet on Saturday night at the hotel. Online registration will be going up soon for the dinner (regisration required for walleye dinner, otherwise main menu items will be available).
1/7/15: The statewide Winter Classic has kicked-off and already some nice fish have been weighed in! With the ice setting in across the state, our first IPA event on Jan. 17th on Chaumont Bay is most likely going to happen! We have updated the pages for the Chaumont Bay Team-Only event for teams to check out!! Ask questions if you need more info!
We would also like to welcome and announce Bob-Light as our newest sponsor!! Check them out HERE!!
12/18/14: We are waiving the deadline for teams to sign up for the IPA events, so teams will be able to sign up for the main IPA events up until the captains meeting prior to the events, and up until the morning of each of the Team-Only events. The first 15 teams to sign up however will receive some free Bass Pro Shops gear listed above!
12/16/14: Teams for the Pro-Am events are starting to send in their registrations - teams will be listed for the events soon. All 29 weigh-in stations will be outfitted with registrations forms for the Winter Classic by the end of this week. Stop in and register (stores get a kick-back for every registration) or register online HERE.
11/27/14: Shipments of sponsored products continue to arrive for the IPA events this year!! Just a reminder for those fishing the Full IPA Event on Chaumont Bay/Black Lake on January 31st, the promo hotel rate of $99/night at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel will only be available until December 15th, after which the rates will return to their normal price of $152/night. Also, teams register now to take advantage of the special promo's listed above for some great tournament items from Bass Pro Shops!! If you don't have a culling beam, they come in handy for events like ours where every once counts! These allow you to compare weights of fish against each other to see which will put you closer to #1!! And the Tournament weigh bags are a great way to transport your fish to the weigh-in stations!!
11/2/14: Online registration for the Winter Classic is now OPEN for anglers to register via PayPal. Following the link above to the Winter Classic website and click on Registration. Online registration for the Ice Pro-Am events will be open as soon as we finish the portal. There are currently 3 openings for the Invitational event, so we will be sending out a second round of invites later this week!