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FFF 2015 - Sometimes the weather and the fish win

Sometimes, many times, Mother Nature simply does not cooperate when it comes to carping events scheduled for specific dates. A nation-wide cold front on January 1, 2015 created a double-edged sword for the 60 anglers who registered for CAG’s FFF 2015: The conditions made it just too cold, too icy, or too snowy for many anglers to safely get to and utilize their venues, and, for most who were able to get out on January 1, the carp were tight-lipped and difficult to catch. The biggest winners of FFF 2105 were the weather and the fish.

In total, only eight anglers reported catches on January 1, 2015. All eight anglers, of course, won Lucky 13 prizes for being among the first 13 anglers to capture a carp during FFF 2015.

Thirty-three carp weighing 315 pounds were submitted for FFF 2015, averaging nine pounds, nine ounces.

Six North/Phone Zone anglers submitted 30 catches and two South/Warm Zone participants swept their region’s awards with three valuable carp on the board.

One, magic 16-6 mirror submitted by Evan Cartabiano took the South’s Monster Award, First Fish Award (12:09 a.m.), and Scubadoc Award, while taking second in the South’s Baby Award and Emperor Award competitions. Evan’s 16-6 also won the scale donated by Adam Cieplik for the national big carp caught during FFF 2015. FFF 2015 prizes don't make people rich, but Evan’s lone mirror garnered $105 and a new scale for placing 1st or 2nd in six different contest categories!

Chris Broadbent, who fished with Evan, recorded two mirrors resulting in first place in the South’s Emperor competition (24-11) and Baby competition (11-4), while placing second in the Monster (13-7), First Fish (12:26 a.m.), and Scubadoc (13-7) competitions.

Rick Alexander and Matt Latzo fished together and landed 16 fish (eight each) to dominate the North.

Rick Alexander’s 15-4 won the North’s Monster Award and also anchored his 93+ pound bag of carp for the top Emperor Award.

Matt Latzo's eight fish resulted in second place finishes in the North’s Monster (13-7) and Emperor (79-4) competitions.

Dave Pickering caught the North’s only mirrors. In fact, he caught two, plus a common. His 8-0 mirror won the Scubadoc Award for largest mirror in the North.

Joey Sitarski pulled in a 1-7 to win the Baby Award in the North and the new scale donated by Adam Cieplik for small carp nationally.

Jim and Frank Rink caught ten fish between them (five each) at the frigid DesPlaines River in Illinois.

Jim Rink won third place in the North’s Emperor competition (41-15), third in the Baby competition (4-13), and was fourth in the First Fish competition (2:44 a.m.) to round out the four who achieved FFF 2015 Hall of Fame designation (capture a fish by 6:00 a.m.).

Frank Rink’s 3-10 took second in the North’s Baby Award contest, and Frank placed third in the North’s Monster competition with an 11-11 that was also the third fish caught chronologically (12: 48 a.m.) during FFF 2015.

Certificates were awarded to Robert White and Frank Rink for Sunrise photos.

The FFF 2015 Jerome Adventure Tale certificates and prizes were awarded to Evan Cartabiano (1st), Robert White (2nd), and Todd Richer (3rd).

Several awards went unclaimed, including all of the Prince awards for carpers 17 years old and under. FFF mainstays such as the Gordon family gave it their best, but it wasn't in the cards this year.

For FFF 2016, more states will move to the South Zone to even out the competition a bit. This year there were three times more North Zone anglers than South Zone participants.

Here’s to a better catch rate for the remainder of 2015 and to a banner day on January 1, 2016 for FFF 2016! Special thanks to CAG for sponsoring/funding the event and to Adam Cieplik for his donation of scales. Huge thanks to all who registered, to all who participated, and to all who had intentions to get out, catch some fish, and win some FFF prizes. Sometimes, the best intentions go unfulfilled. Better luck next year.—Dr. Frank Rink, FFF 2015 Coordinator

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