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FFF 2019 Competitive Categories and Prizes

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Registration for FFF 2019 will be open on Saturday, December 1, 2018!  Here is a peek at FFF 2019 contest categories and prizes:

Who are the winners and what are the prizes?

You should really participate in FFF 2019 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 carp fishing items or gift certificates.  Thanks to CAG for soliciting vendors for prizes that will have a value of $700+. 

In addition, I will put together some downloadable, frameable certificates of achievement for winners that will be posted on an FFF 2019 forum thread for download.  A sample for FFF 2019 follows (Click for a larger image):
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Anglers will designate, at registration, if their FFF 2019 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 2019 First Carp/Lucky 13 Awards and the FFF 2019 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 2019!  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 a prize valued at $25 and a frameable, online certificate.  The second place winner will receive a prize valued at $15 and a frameable, online certificate.  The third place winner will receive a prize valued at $10 and a frameable, online certificate. 

In addition to the $25, $15, and $10 worth of 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 a prize valued at $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 a prize valued at $25 for first, a prize valued at $15 for second, a prize valued at $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 a prize valued at $25 for first, a prize valued at $15 for second, a prize valued at $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

4. The FFF Emperor Persistence Award: Total number of carp caught by the angler. This is a quantity category.  Winners will be those catching the most carp during January 1, 2019.  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 a prize valued at $25 for first, a prize valued at $15 for second, a prize valued at $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

5. 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 a prize valued at $25 for first, a prize valued at $15 for second, a prize valued at $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

6. The FFF Sunrise Award goes to every FFF 2019 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.  Anyone submitting a sunrise picture earns an FFF 2019 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. 

7.  The FFF 2019 Hall of Fame. Anybody crazy enough and skilled enough to catch a carp of any size on January 1, 2019 between midnight and 6:00 a.m. (local time zone) will be entered in the very select FFF 2019 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.

8.  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 2019 FFF adventure. Those will be judged by a panel consisting of Jerome Moisand, Iain Sorrell, and myself.  Winners will receive a prize valued at $25 for first, a prize valued at $15 for second, a prize valued at $10 for third, and a downloadable, frameable certificate.

9.  All submissions must be posted on the designated CAG forum thread by 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, January 4, 2019.  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. 

Award prize donors have been finalized. Once winners are announced, I will be asking for your e-mail addresses for prize distribution.

Huge thanks to CAG for funding the prizes and to CAG President Iain Sorrell for arranging/organizing the prize package!

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First Fish and Lucky 13 (13 anglers catching the earliest carp of 2019) and Jerome Adventure Tale (Written and Pictorial Summary of your FFF 2019 Experience) award winners will receive vouchers for CAG Store purchases!
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Huge thanks to Linear Bait Co. and Brian Wisnowski for providing vouchers at a highly discounted rate to CAG for FFF 2019 prizes!
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Monster (Big Fish) award winners, Emperor Persistence (Most Fish) award winners, Baby (Small Fish) award winners,  and Scubadoc Mirror (Big Mirror) award winners will receive vouchers for Linear Bait Co. purchases!

I hope to have awards announced and certificates available for download by Monday, January 7, 2019. Good luck!

You must register by 11:59 p.m. (your local time) on December 31, 2018.  Registering much earlier than that, like right now, is always appreciated.  There is no fee for this event, but you must be a CAG member to participate.  Thanks.  Good luck!—Dr. Frank Rink

Click here to post all FFF 2019 Carp Entries/Captures/Photos
Click here for FFF 2019 Detailed Rules.
Click here for FFF 2019 Contest Categories and Prizes.

Click here to post all FFF 2019 Jerome Adventure Tale Entries

Click here to post all FFF 2019 Sunrise Photos


 

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FFF 2019 is over!  CAG’s FFF 2020 will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2020!  I hope you will consider participating.

Thanks to the Carp Anglers Group (CAG) for funding the prizes, to Linear Bait Co. and Brian Wisnowski for a generous discount to CAG for Linear Bait Co. vouchers/prizes, to Jerome Moisand for helping judge the “Jerome Adventure Tale” category, and to Iain Sorrell for prize solicitation, for helping judge the “Jerome Adventure Tale” category, and for his continual support and leadership as CAG president!

Biggest thanks to the 83 anglers who registered for the event and to the 22 anglers who submitted entries.  You captured 106 carp weighing in excess of 900 pounds.  Not bad for the conditions that many of you faced on 1/1/19!

I have sent messages, either through the CAG Forum Message system or through CAG’s Facebook Messages, to the prize winners. 

Those messages include your voucher code if you were a CAG Store voucher winner and/or a request for your email address if you were a Linear Bait Co. voucher winner (so your voucher can be coded and finalized).  If you are a Linear Bait Co. voucher winner, please respond to me with your email address by Wednesday, January 9, 2019.  Thank you!

It was an enjoyable event for me in the planning, execution, and participation (even though I blanked this year), and in seeing some incredible catches, stories, and photos.  Thanks to all involved and congratulations to the winners!  Tight lines in 2019!

Dr. Frank Rink
Coordinator of FFF 2019, FFF 2018, FFF 2017, FFF 2016, FFF 2015, FFF 2014

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