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Compete in the first annual NYS Summer Classic Fishing Tournament

This summer anglers all across New York state will be competing for their share of cash and prizes in the first annual NYS Summer Classic Fishing Tournament. The Grand Prize could reach up to $250,000. Created in the wake of the successful Winter Classic event held this past winter (January & February), the Summer Classic Fishing Tournament is expected to draw over 3,000 competing anglers, which would yield a $20,000 Grand Prize (awarded by random draw from the 10 first place anglers at the awards ceremony held at Captain Jack’s on Sodus Bay September 2nd).

This 10-week long statewide event starts on June 17th (the opening of bass season) and runs through August 31st. Anglers can fish any NY State waterway while targeting the 10 Divisional species. These species include pike, lake trout, walleye, carp, catfish, pickerel, crappie, yellow perch, bass, and panfish.

There are two additional cash awards for the overall largest rock bass ($500) and overall largest bowfin ($250). The divisions will start by paying out the Top 3 for each species and increase up to the Top 25 as more anglers join the event. In the Youth Division event, the Top 3 in each division will be awarded with trophies, U.S. savings bonds, and product awards, while the main event will pay out all cash, plus tackle awards for the Top 3 in each division category. As more anglers get involved and the event grows, so do the cash and prize awards with Kayaks, 4-wheelers, Toyota Tundra’s, or Starcraft boats given away weekly!

Anglers are invite to join the NYS Fishing Tournament

Anglers are invite to join the NYS Fishing Tournament!

How to register?

You can register online with a credit card off the tournament website: Online Registration or visit the 55 weigh-in plus locations across the state to bring fish in to, where they’ll accept registrations. Registration cost for the event is only $25/angler for the main event (with an optional Lunker Pool for an additional $10) and $5/youth angler (16 years of age and younger).

See who’s ahead — leaderboard!

Want to see who’s ahead? Check out the live online leaderboards that will keep everyone up to date. See the leading fish for both the main event and youth event, as well as who is leading for the weekly awards: Weekly Leader Board

You can even follow the event on Facebook for the latest tournament information, pictures, and updates.

Additional information for the Summer Classic event can be found at:


Contact Tournament Director Tim Thomas at (585) 330-0494 or info@fksportfishing.com with any questions or inquiries.


Fishing with Flair

When it comes to fishing, camping, and pretty much everything outdoors, look no further than the Pocket Ranger® video channel. The video channel gives you a front seat into the world of up-and-coming adventurers, such as contributor Andrew Flair, bass fishing extraordinaire. Flair is a far cry from your run-of-the-mill angler, making fishing look like a piece of cake. He’s even got his own website, Fishing with Flair, dedicated to showing people what bass fishing is all about. Just watch below as he reels in a gigantic five-pound bass:

Flair likes the outdoors, enjoys hanging out with friends, and goes to school. But don’t be fooled—Andrew Flair is no ordinary Gen Z’er. Discovering his passion at a young age, he is active in local angling clubs, maintains a fabulous following on social media with his fishing tackle reviews, and has placed in state competitions on more than one occasion. Flair has an unbelievable knack to bring award-winning bass fish home in the blink of an eye, like in this video below:

Want to know how you can catch your next big one? By subscribing to the Fishing with Flair’s YouTube channel, you’ll get reviews on top of the line fishing gear along with great tips that’ll give you a head start on your next outing. These videos are worth watching, whether you are at the cabin or at your desk. Get the very latest from Fishing with Flair by liking him on Facebook and following him on Twitter and Instagram.

Fishing with Flair brings fishing to your doorstep! So what are you waiting for? Watch him on the Pocket Ranger® video channel, where you can see the best of the best in outdoor adventure, education, and much more!

Fishing With Flair Screenshot from Pocket Ranger® Videos

Ready to launch the boat? Download the FREE Pocket Ranger® apps, and get all the information you need to have fun in whatever stream you choose to paddle up.

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Tips on Learning How to Fish

Spring fishing season has arrived! If you are an inexperienced angler and would like to try fishing for the first time, follow these few tips for your preparation. Even if you are an experienced angler, these tips will refresh your memory for your fishing adventures.

Fishing License

A fishing license is one of the most important things that you will need in order to go fishing. Each state has their own rules and regulations, so it is important that you read up on them before heading out. All fishing rules and regulations will be under Fishing > Rules and Regulations in your Fishing and Wildlife Pocket Ranger® Guide. Licenses can be purchased online. Some states require you to be 18 years or older in order to obtain a fishing license.


Man fishing on a pier alone

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Choosing a place to fish can vary. Some people choose locations where they often see people fishing or local places where they may want to start. If you are a beginner and feel shy fishing in front of a heavy crowd, you may want to opt for a quiet fishing area.

You can go freshwater fishing in lakes, ponds, streams or rivers. Or you can choose saltwater fishing such as surf fishing, fishing by boat (party boat or charter boat) or bay fishing.

Time of Day During Spring Season

Two men fishing on a boat during sunset with his catch

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  • Early Morning – Fish do not bite during this time because the water is cold and doesn’t heat up due to the sun being low which makes the rays bounce off the water.
  • Late Morning/Early Afternoon – Fish are biting on and off during this time because the sun’s rays start to penetrate the water. During this time, you should fish towards the downwind shoreline because the wind pushes the warmer surface water into that area.
  • Afternoon/Early Evening – There are a lot of fish eating during this time because their metabolism and digestion are high. The water is also warmer because the sun is directly above.

Fish Species

Images of different fish species

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Focusing on fishing for a particular fish for a beginner may be too difficult, but it’s a worth a try! Here is a list of popular fish to help you choose one to catch:

  • Bass – a southeastern sport fish
  • Striped Bass – you will most likely need a boat to catch these
  • Sunfish – best catch for a beginner angler
  • Walleye and Pike – northern, cold-water lake fish
  • Catfish – vary from small to large

For a complete list of freshwater and saltwater fish, download your state’s Pocket Ranger® Fish and Wildlife Guide.


Man surf fishing pulling in his catch, clear blue water

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Fishing in a lake from shore – Sit and wait with a bobber and bait. For this type of method, you can use inexpensive equipment.

Surf fishing from a beach – This requires heavy tackle that costs a little bit more. Catches vary day to day with this method.

Pond Fishing – Fishing at a pond can be simple, especially for beginners. It allows you to manage your skills and you may even catch a pan fish for dinner.

Boat Fishing on an Ocean – There are many boating options that are available for fishing. You can pay to go on a party boat for a half day or full day and you can use equipment and bait that is provided to you. Depending on the type of boating you choose and how big the crowd is, you can have assistance such as hooking your bait, casting and landing a fish.

Suggested Gear: 

  • Fishing Rod/Fly Rod
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat

Check out more fishing gear at our Pocket Ranger Gear Store.

When Times Were Simpler

Contributed by Bill Howard, Bill Howard’s Outdoors and Bow Adventures Magazine.

About once each year most organizations will go through a ‘back to basics’ training session.  These companies realize personnel will and can get caught up in certain aspects of their positions that they neglect and forget the foundations of what makes them successful. The same concept can be said of just about anything whether it is business or not.

If you walk into any outdoors department you can be overwhelmed with types of lures, types of rods, bait scents, colored lines of different materials, and even hook styles.  Since every one of the products promises to be the greatest and only item you need to catch more fish, it is a wonder you have ever even had a fish swim by your bait.

One of the newer techniques in fishing is Tenkara.  Basically it is a fly rod without a reel in which you swing your bait over to where the fish are located.  “It is all about approach,” the Tenkara anglers say.

When I was young I learned how to do this and did not even realize it.  Of course, I used what we called a cane pole.  Sometimes we even used a cork but it wasn’t necessary.  We would find a bream bed and just dangle the cricket in the water.


If we didn’t have crickets, well we would dig our own worms.  We did not need special imported muscled up super worms.  No, simple earthworms worked.  Maybe, if it was the right time of the year we would collect a few catalpa worms.  I have always pictured the catalpa worm like a chocolate covered long john for fish.

When the fish were really biting we would improvise.  Crickets and worms depleted, we would pull out our lunch bag that our moms packed for us.  The top of the peanut butter sandwich would become our newest bait.  We would pack tight small bread beads and slide it on the hook.  If I were a betting man, I would say that is probably how the open faced peanut butter sandwich came to be.  Someone was pulling in the fish as fast as he could get the hook in the water, ran out of bait, and thought to himself that the fish might like bread.  He then grabbed his sandwich and sacrificed one of the slices of bread in order to increase his catch by a few more.

We also did not have to worry about how to hook the fish or when to set the hook.  We could catch as many fish just by relaxing while the hook was in the water.  We would pass any dead time by laying back and watching the puffy white clouds pass overhead.  In fact, we probably caught more fish by not staring at the line intently as we did while actively waiting for a bite.

Even when we used rod and reel, our baits consisted of lures such as Mister Twisters, Devil’s Horses, Jitterbugs, Hula Poppers, Rooster Tails, and Beetle Spins.  We often picked the lures out based on how cool they looked, the neat sounds they made in the water, or the funny ways in which they ‘swam’ when you reeled them in.

Now, checking the inventory of the fishing isles brings us Alabama Rigs, Umbrella Rigs, and Twin Rigs.  There is nothing special about them other than there are more hooks.  If we wanted to fish with a minnow back them, we either used a live one or a Mepp’s.  We were good enough to catch the lunker with one; we did not need a whole school of them.

The basics, that is what we need to get back to.

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