2015 Events News Feed:
Mark your calendars now and get ready to fish
the largest ice fishing events across NYS!!
The first 12 Pro-Am Teams to register for an event (not including the Invitational) will receive
one Bass Pro Shops XPS Tournament Culling Beam!
The first 18 Pro-Am Teams to register for for the Triple Crown will receive
one Bass Pro Shops XPS Tournament Weigh Bag!
All anglers who register for the NYS Winter Classic Tournament by December 1st will be entered
into a drawing for a Frabill Rod Safe or a Frabill Tackle Pack w/ Hand Muffs or other giveaways!
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!
10/27/14: Josh and crew at Vital Signs & Design in Webster, NY are by far the best graphics company we've worked with! From graphic wraps to banners they have done amazing job!! If you need any graphics work done, decals for your ride, banners, etc. defintely check them out HERE!! 10/26/14: From our first year, Filer's Powersports has supported us by offering superior pricing on any motorized vehicles we want for the tournament events. They have a great selection and can order any model to custom specs! We look forward to working with them in the upcoming years as our prize structure increases! Check out their website HERE! 10/25/14: We would like to thank Savage Gear for the permission to use their imaging for our logos and graphics. Their awesome designs have helped us create an image for the IPA Series! Check out their gear HERE!
10/24/14: Anyone like BBQ? This year anglers will have a tasty bite waiting for them when they come off the ice at all our events! Arthurs BBQ will have their trailer on site providing lunch options at each of our 4 IPA events!
10/23/14: We would like to welcome Catch 'Em All Jigs to our sponsor line-up this year! can't wait to see their jigs in person and see how effective they are on the NYS waterways!! Check them out HERE!! 10/22/14: Back again this year is PolyStic Glo!! They offer a variety of glow and reflective tapes for all kinds of applications!! Supporting the series from the beginning, they continue to supply packs of tapes to include in all our awards packages and captains packs!! Check out their selection HERE!! 10/21/14: Back again this year, Jammin' Jigs continues to support us with an amazing assortment of loose and packaged jigs!! These have been some of our most productive jigs for panfish here in NY. Check out their awesome selection HERE!! 10/20/14: This year there are many anglers talking about our tournament events online, but the Ice Fishing Fanatics facebook page has been promoting our events and getting word out when we have made announcements more than any other site! If you haven't friended them yet, you're missing out!! Check them out HERE!! 10/19/14: Advertising and getting the word out about tournaments is one of the most important aspects during the beginning of any new tournament. News 8 in Rochester has been a key advertising piece for us through their Ask the Expert and Friendliest Catch programs and we are very happy to continue these programs into 2015!! Check out all of their programs HERE! 10/18/14: This year we will be featuring the new ice spoons by Michigan Stinger! Similar to their Scorpion series spoons, these spoons come in different weight classes depending on the current and depth you're fishing in. Check out their whole line of spoons and other gear HERE! 10/17/14: We were very excited when Kevin from Brantner Jigs agreed to sponsor this year's events!! Their jigs have taken the social media sites by storm with their amazing glow colors and patterns! We can't wait to see them in person and see how they perform at the events this year!! Check out their amazing selection HERE!! 10/16/14: New this year, we are happy to announce Bait Snake has joined our line-up! Underwater lighting has become an effective way to draw in fish and give anglers an advantage on the ice and open water! Check them out HERE!
10/15/14: We are very happy to annouce that Makiplastic is sponsoring our events this year! They not only make a ton of very effective plastics for use with jigs, but they are also a huge supporter of getting youth anglers involved with the sport of ice fishing! Our hope is to develop a kids' clinic at next year's Sodus Bay Event with Makiplastic helping with the planning of the event! Check out their full line of plastics HERE!
10/14/14: This year, those who venture up to the St. lawrence area for the Chaumont Bay/Black Lake Full IPA Tournament Event will be treated with high class at the 5-star 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, NY where all the festivities will take place: registration, team captains meeting, seminars and demos, banquet, and the formal awards ceremony. At only $99/room, you can't beat the accomodations!! Get all the details for their amazing hotel HERE! 10/13/14: This year Aqua-Vu will be once again sponsoring us with several Aqua-Vu Plus underwater camera systems! We use them religiously on the open water as well on the ice for a multitude of applications! From determining bottom structure to finding edges of weedbeds to determining what species of fish your encountering! Check out the full line of underwater camera systems HERE!
10/12/14: This year Bass Pro Shops stepped up huge and doubled their sponsorship from last year! This year's raffle package for open water will once again feature the Old Town 14.5' canoe and several prize packages will include their cleaning station tables! They feature most name brands and offer discounted and sale pricing throughout the seasons!
Check out the auburn store HERE!
10/11/14: Today we would like to announce our next sponsor: Sullivan Tip Down. Back again this year with more great units! If you target panfish, these units can increase your success on the ice! They offer a standard model and a very cool electronic version, either of which are very effective! You'll be able to see both models at this year's events!! Check out their full line and the details of each HERE. 10/10/14: Today we would like to announce that Automatic Fisherman will be a returning sponsor this season! These units are taking the place of many tip-ups here in NY as they are lethal on all types of fish species! Check out their full selection of kits, combos, rods, and their awesome ice stopper kits!! Click HERE. 10/9/14: Today we are very excited to announce the addition of Hydro Glow underwater lighting systems as a Platinum Sponsor for this year's events!! Hydro Glow systems attract fish into the area and have helped Team Drag Screamers do very well in our series including a 1st place finish at last year's Sodus Bay Event! Check out their full line of lighting systems HERE. 10/8/14: Today we would like to announce that Clam will be once again sponsoring the events with their Ice Armor Extreme Ice Suits! Check them out HERE.
10/7/14: We would like to begin announcing our banner line-up of sponsors for this year's NYS IPA and Winter Classic events. We are very excited to announce that both Plano and Frabill will once again be headlining our events!!
Their continued support has been paramount for the development and success of our events!! We can't thank them enough!! This year's events will once again feature many of their new products including side-step shelters, the redesigned 371 straight line combos, and their I-Series suits! Stay tuned for more sponsor announcements as we reveal one a day until we have them all listed!!
9/26/14: For those teams included in the first round of invites to the IPA Invitational, do not delay in getting those registrations and payments in, as we already have 6 of the teams confirmed! The other 6 are expected to fill fast!!
The last two weks have been jam-packed with sponsorship discussions with companies of all sizes across the country! We are currently working with Stephens Media Group on some of the larger sponsor leads, which could take the state tournament to a level never seen in NYS before! We are in the process of piecing together this year's prize packages, which will be listed as we compile each one. Keep in mind these are PROPOSED packages and not set at this time. As new sponsors are confirmed, depending on what they bring to the tournaments, the prize packages will continue to shift to become bigger and better - please use the current lists only as an indication of what will be given away at each event. A full list of sponsoring companies will be released soon and you will see their logos begin to pop up across the IPA and Winter Classic sites!
9/5/14: For those of you planning on fishing the Chaumont Bay/Black Lake full IPA event on January 31st, we have an amazing deal at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel with 5-star accommodations which will be hosting the tournament festivities all weekend. Registration, check-in, captains meeting, banquet, and awards ceremony will be housed there. They have reserved a block of rooms for our anglers at a rate of $99/room with either two queen beds or a king and pull-out sofa. This place is amazing and if split between anglers, is very affordable!! To make a reservation with the discounted price, ask for the "NYS Ice Pro-Am" rate. We are also going to be doing a full banquet prior to the awards ceremony open for only the Pro-Am team members at this time. It will be $20/person and will include a full dinner featuring your choice of a fish selection (likely walleye) or a vegitarian meal (likely pasta). We will be adding this option to the team registration form this weekend. If you have already sent in your registration, I will contact your team captain to see if you would like to add the dinner option. We will need 150 anglers to cover the cost, so if we do not reach that number by mid-December, we will open up the option for Open anglers to join us. Keep in mind, during the Chaumont Bay/Black Lake event there will also be the local firehall's derby going on that you may want to enter (a 2-day event Sat/Sun), the NYS Winter Classic will be ongoing through the event, and the Black lake Fish & Game Club may also have a tournament going on Black Lake (not confirmed at this time). This will be an amazing weekend of tournament fishing where you can fish multiple tourneys at the same time and if you land a lunker, can really cash in BIG!!
In addition, Arthurs BBQ will be offering BBQ lunch selections at all of our events this year for when you come off the ice!! Much more to come - stay tuned!!!
8/25/14: We have made the decision to make the Chaumont Bay/Black Lake IPA Event a 1-Day shootout to avoid all complications. Exact timing of the event is still being worked out, but it will occur on Jan. 31st only. All Weigh-in stations for the Winter Classic now have registration forms along with the rules/regs. Get in before Sept. 1st for your chance at the first round of giveaways!!
8/15/14: Lots of discussions have been going on with sponsors and we continue to update the website. Next week we will be touring the state visiting the Winter Classic weigh-in stations. Our advertising campaign is currently on hold until discussions with a couple sponsors are finalized. We are also considering making the Chaumont Bay/Black Lake event a 1-day event to eliminate conflicts with the Super Bowl and the local fire department tournament. After we meet with the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel next week and work out any logistics, we will make a formal announcement if it is going to change.
7/29/14: Registration for both the IPA events and the Winter Classic is all geared up and ready to open this weekend on August 1st!! For the IPA team registration forms can be printed off the registration website and mailed in with the associated registration fees, Open anglers will register at check-in at each event. For the Winter Classic, registration forms can be printed off the Tournament Website (www.NYSwinterclassic.com) and mailed in with registration payment. Join us on Ice Shanty as we will have our own NY forum thread specifically for the tournaments to give updates and interact with anglers who have questions about either tournament! Keep in mind that all IPA events are limited to the 1st 100 Pro-Am teams to register, and we will need 500 anglers to run the Winter Classic - so don't delay and enter soon! As always, we will have giveaways for those who enter early - by September 1st!!
6/10/14: We now have 14 weigh stations for the Winter Classic and will be opening registration for both the Winter Classic and IPA events on August 1st. For those interested in the Team Invitational Event, the rules and regulations have been posted. Invites will be going out later this month or early July. All IPA team events will be limited to the first 100 teams to register with payment, the Invitational will be limited to 12 teams. In the upcoming weeks we will be announcing the sponsors for the 2015 events as they are confirmed!
5/29/14: We have now secured 10 weigh-in locations for the Winter Classic Tournament! Full details for the tourney will accompany the official tournament release around August 1st after the website has been completed and all promotional materials are ready for distribution. Registrations will begin to be accepted starting on October 1st - $25/angler, $10/angler Lunker Pool (optional), check must accompany angler registration. We will need 500 anglers entered by December 1st to run the tourney. A running tally of registered anglers will be posted on the website.
We have also confirmed the Oneida Team-Only IPA event date of February 15th that will be run out of Apps Bait & Tackle Shop. Pre-registration for all of the IPA events will begin on October 1st with payment (checks/money orders/bank checks).
All Team-Only events and the Team Invitational event will be pre-registration only and full payment must accompany the team pre-registration. All teams must be pre-registered by December 20th. Any team pre-registrations for the Full IPA events must also include payment. Teams may register for the Full IPA events up unitl 4pm on the Friday before each event. Open anglers will be able to register up until the start of each Full IPA event.
5/20/14: All dates for next year's events have now been securred and released (see above). There will be (2) Full IPA events,
(2) Team-Only events, and (1) Premier Team Invitational event to end the season. We are still working on securring the weigh-in stations for the Winter Classic Tournament. Once all stations have been securred, we will roll-out the full details of this epic tournament format!! We are also starting to gather and confirm sponsors for next year's events. Bass Pro Shops has confirmed that they will be doubling their sponsorhsip for the 2015 events and Frabill and Plano will continue to be our headlining sponsors!! We have also sent out questionnaires to all the anglers in our previous events for some feedback to help govern the decisions we're making for future events. If you did not receive an email, please drop us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the link to the questionnaire.
We are also looking at organizing a youth clinic/camp on the Friday prior to the Sodus Bay event (February 20th). If you have any resources you think we could use for this youth event, or if you would like to help with the youth event, please drop us an email with the details.
3/19/14: We are currently working on next year's events, including two Pro-Am Team Events and two full Ice Pro-Am Events. Plus, we are putting together a new State-wide tournament where anglers will be able to fish on the ice, open water, and/or the tributaries from Jan. 1st through Feb. 22 for 7 different species catagories in any waterway across NYS!! It will be called the NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament and will be the largest winter fishing tournament ever run in NYS!! Check back often for more updates!
3/3/14: Congratulations to Pro-Am Team Gaff Lunkage on winning the Series Title as Triple Crown Champions!
All the other winners and final standings have been posted on the event pages. We will also continue to upload and post both videos and photos from the events as they become available. Check back often to our picture and video sites. We would like to once again thank all of our sponsors for their support - this series would not have been possible without them!! In the upcoming weeks we will be discussing next year's events, securring dates, updating and tweeking the rule sets, and putting out some questionnaires to our anglers for some feedback. The Pro-Am teams should be receiving the first survey this week.