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FFF 2015 - Contest Categories and Prizes

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Who are the winners and what are the prizes?

You should really participate in FFF 2015 for the challenge 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 to be sent to you via Paypal and two new Reuben Heaton scales donated by Adam Cieplik. Thanks to CAG for its contribution of $500 for prizes, to Adam Cieplik for his contribution of Reuben Heaton scales for the biggest and smallest carp captured during FFF 2015, and to Frank Rink for his contribution of $200 for prizes. 100% of these donations will be used for prizes!

In addition, I will put together some certificates of achievement for winners that will be posted on an FFF 2015 forum thread for download.

Rather than taking water temperatures, anglers will designate, at registration, if their FFF 2015 venue is in a North/Phone Zone or in a South/Warm Zone. The southern border of the following states will form the line of demarcation between the North Phone Zone and the South Warm Zone for FFF 2014: Virginia, Kentucky, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Utah. The line of demarcation will continue through Nevada from the Utah-Arizona border to Grapevine Peak (on the NV-CA border) and the boundary line will continue through California from Grapevine Peak to Santa Cruz, CA. Other than the FFF First Carp Award, the Reuben Heaton scale awards from Adam Cieplik, and the FFF 2015 Jerome Adventure Tale Award, there will be two award packages (one for each Zone) for each of the weight categories. There is no guarantee that it will be cold above the line and warm below it. It's just a line. However, it gives more anglers an opportunity at some prizes and recognition. See the map below for Zone boundaries.

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Prize categories

1. The FFF First Carp Award and Lucky 13 Awards: First carp of the year. 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 certificate. The second place winner will receive $15 and a certificate. The third place winner will receive $10 and a certificate. In addition to the $25, $15, and $10 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 $10 award and 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 will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

In addition, Adam Cieplik (thanks, Adam!) will award a new Reuben Heaton scale to the angler catching the biggest carp overall during FFF 2015, regardless of zone!

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 will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

In addition, Adam Cieplik (thanks, Adam!) will award a new Reuben Heaton scale to the angler catching the smallest carp overall during FFF 2015, regardless of zone!

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 will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

5. The FFF Prince Award: 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.

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 will receive $25 for first, $15 for second, $10 for third, and a certificate.

7. The FFF Sunrise Award goes to every FFF 2015 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 2015 Sunrise 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 2015 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 2015 Snowcarp/Sandcarp certificate.

9. The FFF 2015 Hall of Fame. Anybody crazy enough and skilled enough to catch a carp of any size on January 1, 2014 between midnight and 6:00 a.m. (local time zone) will be entered in the very select FFF 2015 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 certificate.

10. The FFF 2015 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 adding an award category for the best written summaries with photographs of your 2015 FFF adventure. Those will be judged by a panel consisting of Jerome Moisand, Bob Giordano, Adam Cieplik, 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.

11. All submissions must be posted on the designated CAG forum thread by 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. 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.

I hope to have awards distributed and certificates available for download by Friday, January 9, 2015. Good luck!

You must register by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on December 31, 2014. Registering much earlier than that, like right now, is always appreciated. Thanks.—Dr. Frank Rink

Click here to register for FFF 2015!

Click here for FFF 2015 Rules and Guidelines!

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Nice work, Frank.

Could I please be added to the tale award panel? I always enjoy reading good stories...

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Nice work, Frank.

Could I please be added to the tale award panel? I always enjoy reading good stories...

Thanks, Jerome. Of course you can be on the judges panel. Much appreciated.--Frank

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