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FFF 2014 – There weren't many catches, but there were some nice results and, hopefully, some nice memories

The actual catching didn’t match the effort that many put forth fishing at the Carp Anglers Group’s 2014 First Fishing Folly, but there were, in fact, some notable accomplishments.

Perhaps the solunar tables didn't line up or perhaps Winterstorm Hercules took its toll. Whatever the reason, only 27% of the 75 registered participants submitted some kind of entry (including photos) before the January 6, 10:00 a.m. deadline, and of that number, only 17 anglers logged fish entries.

Forty-seven carp were captured on January 1, 2014 weighing in at 416 pounds, 4 ounces and averaging 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Had the event organizer not caught 12 carp weighing less than five pounds, the average would have been much higher.

Although many of the Gordon boys preferred spending time with their girlfriends or X-boxes over fishing for carp on January 1, Willy Gordon and his dad, Bill, were highly successful on Willy’s last year of junior eligibility. Not only did Willy take the North Zone’s Prince award for highest total weight by a junior (He, in fact, would have placed 2nd in the adult division, but 1st is better than 2nd), but we was also the North’s Scubadoc Award champion with the big mirror of the contest and had the third biggest carp—a beautiful 18-1 koi for 3rd in the North's Monster Award contest. Willy e had also captured that same koi six years earlier. Willy’s counterpart in the South Zone, Sarah Ardell, took that zone’s FFF Prince award with a hefty 12-14.

It’s always gratifying to see FFF awards coincide with personal bests. Cristian Torres captured an FFF Monster Award winning beast in Texas at 31 pounds, 8 ounces, which was his personal best. Although not his personal best, Darren Calver pulled a great 23-8 from the frigid Chicago River to take the North Zone’s FFF Monster Award. Ian Morris was second in the Monster Award race with an outstanding 21-14, which is a personal best. Son N. Ho also took the South's Emperor Award with a couple stellar mid-20's.

Some outstanding sunrise shots were submitted, and Clayton Lothrop wrote an outstanding summary of his FFF experience to win the first ever Jerome FFF Adventure Tale Award!

The event organizer makes no excuses for winning a few prizes (although he is a little embarrassed). Frank Rink volunteered to coordinate the event so it wouldn’t die, and so that he would have an opportunity to participate. Luck would have it that he won the North Zone’s Baby Award (smallest fish), Emperor Award (highest total weight with 20 (mostly small) fish), and he also caught the first FFF carp of the year at 12:18 a.m. In fact, Illinois swept the top three First Carp Awards with Paul Pezalla (12:41 a.m.) and Cory Bohmann (1:15 a.m.) placing second and third.

There were many more highlights from FFF 2014. Results follow.

Thanks to all participants, to Adam Cieplik and Frank Rink for their donations of cash prizes, and to CAG for its continuing sponsorship of and donations for FFF.

It is the ritualistic journey of FFF rather than the final destination that makes CAG’s First Fishing Folly an enjoyable event. No matter what prizes, if any, came your way, I hope participants enjoyed FFF 2014. Please consider participation in FFF 2015 on January 1, 2015. Until then, best of luck on the bank. –Dr. Frank Rink, FFF 2014 Coordinator

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The FFF First Carp Awards, Hall of Fame Awards, and Lucky 13 Awards Click here to go to the post (#4) for award certificates and directions for receiving your cash awards and medals

It was an Illinois sweep for the first three North American FFF carp captured in 2014. Frank Rink, Paul Pezalla, and Cory Bohmann finished 1, 2, 3 with captures at 12:18, 12:41, and 1:15 a.m. respectively. Carl Norris rounded out the four (only 4?) FFF 2014 Hall of Fame inductees with a 1:45 a.m. Texas carp. The FFF Hall of Fame critieria require a carp capture before 6:00 a.m. on 1/1/14.

However, there are cash prizes for the first 13 carp captured. In addition, and even though the medals indicate “Hall of Fame,” there will be 13 medals sent to the anglers who caught the first 13 FFF carp of 2014 (there is no sense in wasting 9 medals). Congrats. Certificates and directions for getting your cash and medals will be posted on post #4 in the awards thread.

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Here are our FFF 2014 First Carp, Hall of Fame (4 anglers), and Lucky 13 Award Winners:

1. Frank Rink – IL - 12:18 a.m. – Medal, Hall of Fame certificate, $25
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2. Paul Pezalla – IL – 12:41 a.m. - Medal, Hall of Fame certificate, $15
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3. Cory Bohmann – IL – 1:15 a.m. - Medal, Hall of Fame certificate, $10
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4. Carl Norris – TX – 1:45 a.m. - Medal, Hall of Fame certificate, $10
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5. Ian Morris – CA – 6:07 a.m. - Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10
6. Son N. Ho – TX - 6:36 a.m. - Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10
7. Clayton Lothrop – TX – 7:55 a.m. - Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10

8. Evan Cartabiano – OK – 8:24 a.m. -Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10
9. Luke Nichols – VA – 8:30 a.m. - Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10
10. Sarah Ardell – TN – 8:50 a.m. - Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10
11. Darren Calver – IL – 9:10 a.m. - Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10
12. Cristian Torres – TX – 10:13 a.m. - Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10
13. Mark Maher – ON – 10:20 a.m. - Medal, Lucky 13 certificate, $10

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The FFF 2014 Monster Award: Click here for the post (#5) that contains your awards certificates and directions for receiving your cash awards.

Biggest carp caught during the FFF. The required picture of the angler holding the fish plus accompanying data (time, weight, angler’s name) must be submitted. Winners from each Zone will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

Here are our FFF 2014 Monster Award Winners:

South/Warm Zone
1. Cristian Torres - TX - 31-8 - $25 and Monster Award Certificate
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2. Son N. Ho - TX – 24-12 - $15 and Monster Award Certificate
3. Chris Harrington - TX – 14-6 - $10 and Monster Award Certificate

North/Phone Zone
1. Darren Calver - IL - 23-8 - $25 and Monster Award Certificate
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2. Ian Morris - CA – 21-14 - $15 and Monster Award Certificate
3. Willy Gordon – PA – 18-1 koi - $10 and Monster Award Certificate

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The FFF Baby Award: Click here for the post (#6) that contains your awards certificates and directions for receiving your cash awards.

Smallest carp caught during the FFF. The required picture of the angler holding the fish plus accompanying data (time, weight, angler’s name) must be submitted. Winners from each Zone will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

Here are our FFF 2014 Baby Award Winners:

South/Warm Zone
1. Clayton Lothrop - TX – 2-12 - $25 and Baby Award Certificate
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2. Evan Cartabiano - OK – 7-0 - $15 and Baby Award Certificate
3. Carl Norris - TX – 8-0 - $10 and Baby Award Certificate

North/Phone Zone
1. Frank Rink - IL - 1-14 - $25 and Baby Award Certificate
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2. Todd Richer - RI - 4-4 - $15 and Baby Award Certificate
3. Mark Maher - ON - 5-4 - $10 and Baby Award Certificate

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The FFF Emperor Award: Click here for the post (#7) that contains your awards certificates and directions for receiving your cash awards.
Total weight of all carp caught by the angler. The required pictures of the angler holding every fish plus accompanying data (time, weight, angler’s name) must be submitted. Winners from each Zone will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

Here are our FFF 2014 Emperor Award Winners:

South/Warm Zone
1. Son N. Ho - TX – 47-4 – 2 fish - $25 and Emperor Award Certificate
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2. Cristian Torres - TX - 31-8 -1 fish - $15 and Emperor Award Certificate
3. Evan Cartabiano – OK – 20-14 – 2 fish - $10 and Emperor Award Certificate

North/Phone Zone
1. Frank Rink - IL – 104-4 – 20 fish - $25 and Emperor Award Certificate
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2. Darren Calver - IL – 23-8 – 1 fish - $15 and Emperor Award Certificate
3. Alex Vasilic – VA – 22-8 – 3 fish - $10 and Emperor Award Certificate

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The FFF Prince Award: Click here for the post (#8) that contains your awards certificates and directions for receiving your cash awards.
Total weight of all carp caught by the angler who is 17 years old or younger. Note, however, that juniors are eligible for all other awards. For example, if a junior wins the Emperor Award, then the Prince Award will be given to the second place junior and so on. The required pictures of the junior angler holding every fish plus accompanying data (time, weight, angler’s name) must be submitted. Winners from each Zone will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

We had six junior anglers entered. Two submitted fish, and they were from different geographic zones. Therefore, we have two winners! Congratulations, Sarah and Willy!

Here are our FFF 2014 Prince Award Winners:

South/Warm Zone
1. Sarah Ardell – TN - 12-14 – 1 fish - $25 and Prince Award Certificate
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North/Phone Zone
1. Willy Gordon - PA – 46-1 – 4 fish - $25 and Prince Award Certificate
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The FFF Scubadoc Mirror Award: Click here for the post (#9) that contains your awards certificates and directions for receiving your cash awards.
Biggest mirror (or leather) carp caught during the FFF (in honor of Dr. Neil Stern). The required picture of the angler holding the fish plus accompanying data (time, weight, angler’s name) must be submitted. Winners from each Zone will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

Four mirrors were captured during FFF 2014, and they all came from the North Zone.

Here are our FFF 2014 Scubadoc Mirror Award Winners:

North/Phone Zone
1. Willy Gordon - PA – 14-6 - $25 and Scubadoc Mirror Award Certificate
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2. Paul Pezalla - IL – 9-0 - $15 and Scubadoc Mirror Award Certificate
3. Todd Richer - RI – 5-1 - $10 and Scubadoc Mirror Award Certificate

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The FFF 2014 Jerome Adventure Tale Award. Click here for the post (#10) that contains your awards certificates and directions for receiving your cash awards.

Many of you have submitted interesting FFF summaries with accompanying photos in the past. In honor of Jerome Moisand's quick wit, photography skills, way with words, and dedication to CAG and FFF, we are adding an award category for the best written summaries with photographs of your 2014 FFF adventure. Those will be judged by a panel consisting of Jerome Moisand, Andy Sprinkle, and myself. The winner will receive $25 and a certificate. The second place winner will receive $15 and a certificate. The third place winner will receive $10 and a certificate.

Here are our FFF 2014 Jerome Adventure Tale Award Winners:

1. Clayton Lothrop - TX - $25 and FFF 2014 Jerome Adventure Tale Award Certificate
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2. Bill Gordon PA - $15 and
FFF 2014 Jerome Adventure Tale Award Certificate
3. Cristian Torres - TX - $10 and
FFF 2014 Jerome Adventure Tale Award Award Certificate

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The FFF 2014 Sunrise Award Click here for the post where award certificates for the Sunrise Award are posted.

Perhaps we should change this back to a competitive category in 2015. There were some great shots posted! Downloadable certificates are available on posts that follow for each and every photographer who posted a sunrise photo from 1/1/14. This category does not currently feature a competition, so all photographers receive a certificate. Thanks and congrats to Bob, Mick, Clayton. Mark, Carl, Frank, Barry, and Jeff.

BOB BERNOWSKI - OH
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MICK CLARKE - CA
CLAYTON LOTHROP - TX
MARK MAHER - ONTARIO
CARL NORRIS - TX
FRANK RINK - IL
BARRY SHILDNECK - GA

JEFF SMITH - CA


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Congrats to all the winners and I'm glad to see Christian winning in more than one category with that awesome New Year's Day catch!

And frank u have gone way over what was required to keep the FFF event alive...I mean with all the advertising, money, time, and even including 13 really cool collectible medals. I think u should be given some reward for the effort and money u put in. Cag is lucky to have a volunteer like u.

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Congrats to all the winners and I'm glad to see Christian winning in more than one category with that awesome New Year's Day catch!

And frank u have gone way over what was required to keep the FFF event alive...I mean with all the advertising, money, time, and even including 13 really cool collectible medals. I think u should be given some reward for the effort and money u put in. Cag is lucky to have a volunteer like u.

Much appreciated, Mike! Having the opportunity to participate in FFF is plenty of reward in itself. Thanks for the kind comments. --Frank

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