The reputation of Baldwinsville's carp angling is growing.
After blowing away similar endurance angling tournaments with 36,000 pounds of carp caught (and released) in the Seneca River this year and 28,000 pounds last year, Jason Bernhardt decided to contact Ripley's Believe It Or Not. Bernhardt is a member of the local volunteer committee that has helped coordinate the American Carp Society Tournaments Northeast Regionals the past two years in Baldwinsville, where the astounding quantity of fish were caught during a 50-hour period.
"All other carp angling events worldwide pale in comparison," Bernhardt said adding that only fish weighing 10 pounds or more count towards the overall catch.
The closest on-record challengers this year are the World Carp Championship held in France where 2,798 pounds of carp were caught and an October angling event in Connecticut where 2,828 pounds of carp were caught. With these staggering differences, it's easy to see that Baldwinsville has a natural advantage in the industry and that the Seneca River should be considered the carp capitol of the world.
And Ripley's agrees. Lucas Stram, a researcher with Ripley Entertainment, Inc informed Bernhardt that Believe It Or Not will include the 2008 tournament catch tonnage in the daily Believe It or Not comic strip on Feb. 6. The caption will be "41 teams of paired fishermen caught more than 18 tons of carp in 50 hours during the American Carp Society's 2008 Northeast tournament in Baldwinsville, N.Y., USA!"
In addition to appearing in newspapers in the US and abroad, it will also appear online at comics.com/ripleys_believe_it_or_not/.
"Our local committee of volunteers has worked extremely hard to bring this carp angling tournament to Baldwinsville the past two years and will continue to do so for many years to come," Bernhardt said. "It is very rewarding not only to have experienced the level of success we've seen in terms of fish caught, but also to know that people are taking notice on a national and international level. The committee strives to position Baldwinsville and the Seneca River as the world's number one carp angling destination, not just because we believe in it, but because the proof is in the pudding. Just look at our tournament results."