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2018/07/04 10:28:22 (permalink)

Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon

Wonder why they never have the Crappiethon anymore at Pymy ? The top fish was a 35K payout for anyone in the contest with lots of other winners also released. It was sponsored by a lot of the local bait shops and fishing gear companies. It was a regular event for years in the late 80's and seemed to be a big draw for our area. I think it was only a few bucks to sign up back then at any local bait shop. Made fishing at Pymy a little more interesting to all!
 
In 1987 a guy caught the 35K fish and was in the contest but didn't see the tag, gave the fish to a neighbor he spotted the tag but it was too late.......35K fish dinner !....LOL
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/04 10:52:35 (permalink)
I was told by a friend involved in it, now deceased, that a big name television angler was there to promote it the first year, rode around on a pontoon boat for a short time and then headed for Ben's Beachcomber.  The Crappiethon did bring out the slab seekers.  I believe Johnson Reels was the big sponsor but they've since gone out of business.  


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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/04 17:34:05 (permalink)
I believe it was 1991 when my wife (then girlfriend) entered. It was a very fun event. We mailed our registration via US Mail in February. They gave a seminar on Friday night before the event and had a ton of raffle prizes as part of the reverse raffle, my wife was runner up for the grand prize (25 hp Mercury Outboard). We paid $35 to enter the contest. On Saturday we fished the south end and caught 0 crappie but pounded the smallmouth bass. We had a blast. At one point there was talk of the contest coming to Shenandoah but I don’t think it did. I do believe it was at Mosquito at some point. My cousin and his partner fished the contest every year it was at Pymie and placed in the top 10 a few times. I read articles in outdoor magazines that the Crappiethon was a major cause of decreased crappie fisheries in lakes where it was held. I liked the contest, it was fun and it was highly anticipated by local fishermen. It was nice thinking back about it. Gary
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/05 01:04:08 (permalink)
its all in the past captn time to move on

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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/05 08:13:37 (permalink)
Nothing wrong with looking back.  I'd completely forgotten about it.  Thanks for posting, Cap.


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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/05 10:23:06 (permalink)
Nothing like memories of good times and tight lines, 35K in the 80/90s would be quite the purse.  Hell for this part of the country, I'm thinkin' a 12" Speck would have been a headliner, and money in the bank, back in them days.

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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/05 11:07:03 (permalink)
Tangle free tom!
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/05 11:14:39 (permalink)
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/05 12:52:36 (permalink)
Hope there weren't nobody fishin' Pymie when that storm came through 😱.
post edited by BeenThereDoneThat. - 2018/07/05 13:21:20

Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a life time. ~Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837–1919)~
 
 
 
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/05 14:32:31 (permalink)
Good article Crappie.........Just wondering why local bait shops and businesses don't encourage more fishing with old events like that. Had to bring in a lot of extra business over the season just like the article said. If I owned a bait shop or local business I'd sponsor a lunker contest every year in different categories and post the leaders names and photos. Pros might catch more fish but they don't catch the biggest ones every year! 
 
 
 
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/06 05:42:00 (permalink)
I’d love for there to be something like that in the area unfortunately the blue army would probably win since they fish pyme daily. The people that work 60+ hours a week like myself would have a huge disadvantage against the guys who fish 40+ hours a week but it definitely would be fun trying to find a 35,000 dollar fish
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/06 09:29:08 (permalink)
Captain, that would be just grand to hit the $35k fish. (Even after taxes, I'd be outta debt and retired)! Even a prize like the 25hp Merc would be awesome. Makes me wonder if anyone anywhere ever hit that Cabelas' tagged $1,000,000 fish. I sure don't remember readin' about it anywhere.

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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/06 09:37:18 (permalink)
Nice thing about those contest you just never knew..... everytime you went you had a chance....long shot but still a chance. Still there were other fish carrying money tags also even a hundred bucks would be a nice unexpected bonus.
 
I remember they had Trout tagged many moons ago with money winners too scattered throughout the state. One of the gasoline companies sponsored that ....I believe Amoco Red Ball back then....not sure? Imagine that .....a gasoline company actually giving money gifts away back then.....they can't afford that today!!!!....lol       
 
 
Yea I never heard much about those Cabalas contest especially that big winner !
post edited by CAPTAIN HOOK - 2018/07/06 09:38:33
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/06 10:26:38 (permalink)
My dad and I went up for one of those Crappiethons in the late 80s.  I remember it vividly.  We didn't know where to fish and didn't catch much of anything.  Then the wind picked up and almost sunk our Basstracker.  Only time I was ever really concerned on the water... the main body of Pymie can put on a real show with the right wind.  
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/07 19:13:41 (permalink)
Johnson owned Crappiethon until 1996, then Crappie USA was formed specifically to buy the crappiethon. They still run a version of it. It's now a tour of  events and those who qualify go to the Super Bowl of Crappie
 
 
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/08 19:22:12 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby roygpa 2018/07/09 07:56:23
I’ve won a jacket and many $25 fish in the crappiethon back then. Just could never win the big prizes as they wouldn’t post the winning numbers of the tags, in the books. They could tell you anything when it came to cashing those tags in.
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/08 20:36:47 (permalink)
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Tangle free tom!


I've heard many a story about this guy 😀
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/09 13:03:41 (permalink)
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I’ve won a jacket and many $25 fish in the crappiethon back then. Just could never win the big prizes as they wouldn’t post the winning numbers of the tags, in the books. They could tell you anything when it came to cashing those tags in.



Isn't that some BS not posting the tag numbers ahead so you knew what your prize was....never knew that Ken.
 
They need to tag some Walleye or a mix of fish and give away some nice prizes again. Spice things up on that lake fishing. Forget the one day tournaments too many regulations and what if's with weather. Locals sponsors need to get together and promote a good summer contest for all fishing Pymy.....can't hurt in my book!
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/09 15:00:53 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby roygpa 2018/07/10 14:51:59
Really?  I remember catching a tagged crappie and a tagged perch the same day   The perch had been tagged by the fish commission, and even though it didn't involve money, it was kind of neat cause they were able to look up what day and year the perch was tagged, the size at tagging, and where it was released back into the lake.
On the other hand, the crappie was tagged for the Crappiethon and when I showed it to Lou at the Linesville boat house (weren't called marinas then, lol) he was able to look it up in a paper like journal.  He verified the tag number, took the tag and showed me that it was a $25 winner and gave me the cash

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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/10 14:56:05 (permalink)
Don't mean to highjack the thread, but for those of you that like contests (not directly related to fishing,) Robinson's is running a "2018 In spite of the Detour Bobber Hunt," where she is hiding numbered bobbers all over the area north of the causeway trying to help drum up business up that way. Some decent (not great big) prizes involved from what I understand. Might be fun to search with kids.
 
You might win a pie, some fishing tackle, or an ice cream cone who knows. :)
 
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/10 17:32:06 (permalink)
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 One of the gasoline companies sponsored that ....I believe Amoco Red Ball back then....not sure? Imagine that .....a gasoline company actually giving money gifts away back then.....they can't afford that today!!!!....lol       
 
 
I believe it was ARCO that had sponsored some of the fish tagging events around the state back in the 60's or 70's.  When ever it was held I can remember finding loose tags laying on the bottom mud when Lake Somerset was lowered about 10 years after the event.  I believe I still have a found tag that I stuck on a wooden perch I carved and painted many years ago




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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/11 10:59:05 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby roygpa 2018/07/11 14:32:25
Another flashback, anyone ever fish the Lake Erie International fishing derby back in the late 80's/early 90's? 
My dad and uncle would both take vacations that week, we'd rent a cabin on the lakefront not far from Barcelona, NY and would fish for 9 days straight (if weather permitted).  Dad and I and our crew on our boat and my uncle, cousin and his crew on his boat. 
 
We'd pay to keep the boat docked at night in the harbor and take turns sleeping on it while others were back at the cabin.  
 
Fun times......sure miss those days.  Really miss the homemade elderberry cobbler the one guys would bring every year....best....darn....breakfast.....ever......
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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/11 19:10:17 (permalink)
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Another flashback, anyone ever fish the Lake Erie International fishing derby back in the late 80's/early 90's? 


Yea should have seen the tax rocks that year needed a catapult to launch them at boats duUD

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Re: Flashback / The Pymy Crappiethon 2018/07/12 18:46:28 (permalink)
I fished the ESLO on lake Ontario for many years. Never won anything but caught a winning steelhead the day before the tournament started practicing. We camped two  weeks and I'd cold pack salmon and steelhead in the evening with a big pressure cooker on a Coleman gas stove. I can still hear the dam thing jiggling. We'd can 80 wide mouth pints every year. I had a lot of energy back in the day.
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