Professional carp anglers will descend upon the Seneca River in mid-May in hope of surpassing last year's unprecedented 28,544 pounds -- or 14 tons of carp -- caught during the 2007 ACS Northeast Regionals inaugural tournament held in Baldwinsville.
Tournament officials indicate that this year's registration is out-pacing the previous year when Frederic Labrousse and Numa Marengo representing France walked away with $5,000 cash first prize out-fishing a field of 34 two-person teams with an amazing 225 carp weighing 3,018 pounds. The largest carp during the competition was a 32 pound, 6 ounce common carp ---- caught by Angela and John Bramley of North Carolina.
Teams representing Romania, Hungary, Poland, Canada, England and more than 10 U.S. states -- Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, North Carolina and Illinois -- have already signed up for the May 14 through 17 competition vying for a cash prizes of $10,000. Tackle prizes from sponsors Fox International, D.A.M., Rig Innovations and Big Carp Tackle sweeten the prize pool.
"The shear number of fish caught and released during the 2007 competition was staggering," said David Moore, ACS tournaments director. "This year our circuit anglers will have a better understanding of the Seneca River, but the outcome will still be determined by technique, the luck of the draw for the team's peg position and stamina."
"The Seneca River is an amazing fishery, and we're tremendously thrilled by the warm welcome of the Baldwinsville community -- all of Central New York -- and the hard work that everyone puts into hosting the tournament," Moore said. "We thank all of those involved that help make this event happen. We're certainly anxious to return and hope that once again the fish cooperate way beyond our expectations."
The historic Red Mill Inn in downtown Baldwinsville will once again serve as sponsor and tournament headquarters. Other ACS Tournaments sponsors are Reuben Heaton scales, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and EconoLodge.