2015 Events News Feed:
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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.