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FFF 2018 - Contest Categories and Prizes

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FFF 2018 Competitive Categories and Prizes

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Registration for FFF 2018 will be open on Thursday, November 16, 2017!  Here is a peek at FFF 2018 contest categories and prizes:

Who are the winners and what are the prizes?

You should really participate in FFF 2018 for the challenge and fun of catching a carp on New Year’s Day, but there is a good chance that you will actually win something!  Prizes will consist of cash sent to you via Paypal or mailed by check to you should you prefer that method.  Thanks to CAG for its contribution of $500 for prizes and to Frank Rink for his contribution of $200 for prizes.  100% of these donations will be used for FFF 2018 prizes!

In addition, I will put together some downloadable, frameable certificates of achievement for winners that will be posted on an FFF 2018 forum thread for download.  A sample from FFF 2017 follows (Click for a larger image):
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Rather than taking water temperatures, anglers will designate, at registration, if their FFF 2018 venue is in a North Zone or in a South Zone.  Please refer to the map below.  There is no guarantee that it will be cold above the line and warm below it.  It is just a line.  However, it gives more anglers an opportunity at some prizes and recognition.

Other than for the FFF 2018 First Carp/Lucky 13 Awards and the FFF 2018 Jerome Adventure Tale Awards, there will be two award packages (one for each Zone) for each of the weight categories.

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(Click on the map for a larger view)

Prize categories

Both the successful angler and the captured fish must be pictured in each photo/entry you submit for carp catching awards.  The photo must include the angler's face.  If you are fishing alone, you’ll need long arms for a “selfie” or a camera with a timer.  Don't forget - the angler must be indentifiable in the photo.  We prefer that the photo include your camera's date and time stamp, but it is not required.  We trust your honor.

1. The FFF First Carp Award and Lucky 13 Awards: First carp of 2018!  The time to be recorded is the local time at which the fish is safely in the net. The required picture of the angler holding the fish plus accompanying data (time, weight, angler’s name) must be submitted.  The winner will receive $25 and a frameable, online certificate.  The second place winner will receive $15 and a frameable, online certificate.  The third place winner will receive $10 and a frameable, online certificate. 

In addition to the $25, $15, and $10 prizes awarded to the registered anglers catching the first, second, and third carp of the year in North America, those with the 4th through 13th carp will also receive $10 and a related downloadable, Lucky 13 certificate.

2. The FFF Monster Award: 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 (North and South) will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

3. The FFF Baby Award: 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 (North and South) will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

4. The FFF Emperor Award: 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 (North and South) will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

5. The FFF Prince AwardTotal 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 (North and South) will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

6. The FFF Scubadoc Mirror Award: 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 (North and South) will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

7. The FFF Sunrise Award goes to every FFF 2018 registrant who submits a photograph of the first sunrise of the year. The primary intention of this category is to share some fabulous January 1 photos with fellow CAG anglers.  In fact, if it’s too foggy, cloudy, snowy, or rainy, you can still take a picture at the approximate time of sunrise.  The picture may or may not include a fish, but it has to include at least some kind of evidence that the photo is fishing related (pod, rod, scale, angler, or whatever you deem fishing related). Anyone submitting a sunrise picture earns an FFF 2018 Sunrise downloadable, frameable certificate.  After all, you have to be out at sunrise with camera and carp gear for a photo (no small feat in itself).  We will create a separate thread for submission of sunrise photos.

8.  The FFF Snowcarp or Sandcarp Award goes to every FFF 2018 registrant who creates and submits a photograph of a carp sculpted from snow or sand or dirt or a combination thereof.  Anyone submitting a Snowcarp/Sandcarp picture of their creation earns an FFF 2018 Snowcarp/Sandcarp downloadable, frameable certificate. 

9.  The FFF 2018 Hall of Fame. Anybody crazy enough and skilled enough to catch a carp of any size on January 1, 2018 between midnight and 6:00 a.m. (local time zone) will be entered in the very select FFF 2018 Hall of Fame. The required picture of the angler holding the fish plus accompanying data (time, weight, angler’s name) must be submitted. All winners will receive a Hall of Fame downloadable, frameable certificate.

10.  The FFF 2018 Jerome Adventure Tale Award. 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, again, including a prize category for the best written summaries with photographs of your 2018 FFF adventure. Those will be judged by a panel consisting of Jerome Moisand and myself. The winner will receive $25 and a downloadable, frameable certificate. The second place winner will receive $15 and a downloadable, frameable certificate. The third place winner will receive $10 and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

11.  All submissions must be posted on the designated CAG forum thread by 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, January 4, 2018.  An angler may not win more than one award per category.  In other words, you may catch the first, second, and third heaviest carp in your zone, but you will win only the first place prize.   Keep in mind, however, that you can win 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in multiple prize categories. 

I hope to have awards distributed and certificates available for download by Sunday, January 7, 2018. Good luck!

You must register by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on December 31, 2017. Registering much earlier than that, like right now, is always appreciated.  There is no fee for this event!  Thanks.  Good luck!—Dr. Frank Rink

Click here for Detailed Rules for FFF 2018

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Wow, so organized. This should be THE model for all our tournaments.  Nice job setting this up, Frank.

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On 11/13/2017 at 2:15 PM, pickerd said:

Wow, so organized. This should be THE model for all our tournaments.  Nice job setting this up, Frank.

Thank you, Dave.  I hope you are able to participate, although I acknowledge that it's tough finding places to fish in the dead of winter, not to mention having an loving/understanding wife/partner willing to share a New Year celebration with carp.  Thanks for the kind words. --Frank

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Great job as usual Frank!!!.................looking forward to it-great fun last time!!.....  :)..............

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5 hours ago, MOCarper said:

Great job as usual Frank!!!.................looking forward to it-great fun last time!!.....  :)..............

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Looking forward to your participation, Doc!

 

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Can't do it this year, due to a conflict with a planned celebration for my wife's birthday (yup, a round number), but I wish good luck to you all. You're in good hands with Frank as organizer extraordinaire.

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10 minutes ago, Jerome said:

Can't do it this year, due to a conflict with a planned celebration for my wife's birthday (yup, a round number), but I wish good luck to you all. You're in good hands with Frank as organizer extraordinaire.

Family first, Jerome.  Sorry you can't make it but completely understandable.  Congrats on your Big 4 achievements and thanks for the kind words. --Frank

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