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Jan. 5, 2018

Local Tackle Shops Are Weigh Stations -

NYS Winter Fishing Tournament Continues to Feb. 28

OSWEGO COUNTY - Anglers fishing the 2018 NYS Winter Classic Fishing Tournament can visit three local businesses -- All Seasons Sports and Salmon River Sports Shop in Pulaski, and App's Bait and Tackle in Cleveland -- to register and weigh in their catches.

Several of the top pickerel, northern pike, steelhead and walleye caught in last year's tournament were entered at Oswego County weigh-in stations.

Now in its fourth season, the tournament is expected to draw more than 1,000 anglers in competition through the end of February. The statewide event includes all waterways of NY State (ice, open water, rivers and streams, ponds, and tributaries), allows anglers to use any legal angling methods (fishing from a boat or from shore is fair game), and includes seven main categories of fish plus an overall award for the largest burbot caught this year. The event incorporates more than 60 weigh-in locations, most of which also take registrations.

"This year's prize pool is now over $60,000 in sponsored cash and prizes, not including the general cash payout and lunker pool," said tournament director Tim Thomas. "Last year's grand prize winner Tyler Seamon, who took first place in the northern pike division, walked away with over $3,000 in cash and prizes."

Thomas said some of the highlights of this year's event include:

General registration for the event is $25, and $35 if entering the optional lunker pool (pays out the top three lunker pool anglers in each category). The main event will pay out up to 25 places per category based on angler participation. Anglers can register online at (www.NYSwinterclassic.com) and at most weigh-in locations.

Additional information for the Winter Classic event can be found at: http://www.NYSwinterclassic.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/NYSWinterClassic/.

Contact tournament director Tim Thomas at (585) 330-0494 or info@fksportfishing.com for more information.

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