To our valued Pabst Blue Ribbon Northeast Fishing Tournament Participants and Supporters,
After much internal discussion we have decided that we will be suspending the Pabst Blue Ribbon Northeast Catch & Release Tournament for 2017. While we have enjoyed the past 5 seasons on the waters and shores of New England with all of you, we are taking a step back from this event to refocus our efforts and manpower into other programs throughout the region. It was not an easy decision as we have built a successful and exciting tournament here in New England that was enjoyed by many.
We have thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many passionate anglers, supportive locals, and PBR fans over the last 5 years and we look forward to continuing our charitable efforts with the New England Lion’s Club and supporting their Visually Impaired Persons Fishing Tournaments.
We also want to thank all of the sponsors who have supported the Tournament over the course of the last 5 years.
We wish everyone a safe and happy 2017 on the water and look forward to seeing you all again soon. Thank you for your support!
- Robert Reilly, Director of Field Marketing, Pabst Brewing Co.
Save the Date: End of Tournament Party to be Held Sept. 25th!
The polygraph testing was completed earlier this week and after all candidates passed, the results are final! Congratulations to the official winners of the 2016 PBR Fishing Tournament!
1. Russell Zivkovich - 150" - $5,000
2. John Hanecak - 149.5" - $1,500
3. Keith Darrow - 147.5" - $500
1. Gary Stephens - 87"- $5,000
2. John Davis - 83" - $1,500
3. Howard Ward - 74" - $500
1. Russell Zivkovich - 110.25"- $5,000
2. Al Tremblay - 108.5" - $1,500
3. Gary Stephens - 108.25" - $500
Congratulations to ALL anglers who participated in this year's tournament. As you know, this was the first year of the tournament being entirely catch and release and we were glad it was a success. We hope you enjoyed the summer of fishing as much as we did. We will be sending out a survey soon days to collect feedback in order to make next year's tournament even better!
Don't forget -- the Awards Party is taking place on September 25th (details below). Can't wait to see you there and celebrate the season!
Come join us to celebrate the end of the tournament at the Awards Party on September 25th at the Dock in Waterford, CT!
All PBR Tournament anglers and their families are welcome to attend. In addition to the awards ceremony, there will be food, ice cold PBR, and a raffle! Raffle prizes include: a Confident Captains course, Costa sunglasses and a cooler for a female angler, Addya Outdoors gift certificates, Dexter knives, Ecotops and more!
Location: The Dock Address: 9 1st Street, Waterford, CT Date: September 25, 2016 Time: 12-5pm
Congratulations to our week 8 winnersJohn Hanecak (Striped Bass), John Davis (Fluke) and Brian Sievel (Bluefish) for submitting the largest catch in each division!
In the Striped Bass division, John Hanecak and Russell Zivkovich are duking it out for the top position. Lets see if either have any luck this weekend to help them pull ahead! Gary Stephens extended his lead on the Fluke leaderboard this week with a 29.5" doormat of a catch. He now sits 3 inches ahead of 2nd place John Davis. Al Tremblay is still sitting on top of the Bluefish leaderboard but Mike Larson is only 2 inches behind in second now! Stefan Jaworski is currently sitting in third only 3 inches behind Al's first place lead.
We're coming to the end of week 9 of the tournament; two more chances to win a weekly prize (cash or raffle) and 9 more days to submit catches to add to your aggregate length! The leaderboards are tight and have been changing regularly as anglers keep submitting bigger fish!
**Anglers are limited to one weekly raffle prize win over the course of the tournament.
Junior anglers are also eligible to win the weekly raffle! XtraTuf makes fishing boots specially designed for juniors!
Congratulations to Junior Angler, Evan Kamoen for winning this week's XtraTuf gift card!
Past raffle winner Joe Apanowitch is getting good use out of his prize pack that included an Madlock Linen Claw provided by Elm Companyand a pair ofCosta Sunglasses!
You're looking good Joe!
How to Submit a Catch
Follow these simple steps to submit a catch for review:
1. Go to the Submit a Catch page on the PBR Fishing Tournament Website
2. Fill out the information on you and your catch
3. Upload a picture
4. Sign and hit submit!
Don't forget to submit your catch within 24 hours of the time of catch!
2016 Prize Structure
Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 anglers in each division. Top anglers will be determined by the Longest Aggregate Length of their fish.
The Longest Aggregate Length is the sum of the lengths of each angler's top 3 fish caught and released.
Prize Package will be awarded to the top female angler in the competition, which will include a pair of Costa Sunglasses, a Costa Cooler and a pair of Xtra Tuff Boots!
Prize Package will be awarded to the top junior angler in the competition
End of Tournament Raffle
Additional raffle prizes donated by our sponsors will be raffled off to all 2016 tournament participants!
Division winner - The longest caught and released fish of the week in each division will be awarded $300.
Weekly Raffle - New this year! - Each week, five Prize Packages will be raffled off to ANY* angler who submitted a fish that week! Prize Packages include products from our sponsors including Costa Sunglasses, Xtratuf boots, Addya Outdoors and more!
*Anglers are limited to winning 1 weekly raffle prize