Fifty hours and 36,282 lbs. and 12 oz.
That is the total weight of carp caught during the second annual American Carp Society Northeast Regional Carp Tournament, which shattered last year's record of 28,544 pounds. Forty-two teams reeled in more than 2,350 fish over 10 lbs. from the Seneca River from 8 a.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. Saturday.
"That's a lot of fish to weigh in 50 hours," said David Moore, president of the ACS. "This year turned out awesome. I don't know if we could have done any better."
The Baldwinsville Carp Committee was instrumental in bringing the tournament back for a second year. The committee is a group of citizens from various organizations including the Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Association, the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce and the village of Baldwinsville.
"The Baldwinsville Carp Committee is unbelievable," Moore said adding that the NE Regionals will be returning to Baldwinsville next year from May 13 to 16.
"Things are going so good -- why wouldn't we come back," he said about the third annual tournament. "I'd have a mutiny on my hands if we didn't return."
Mayor Joe Saraceni, who was a member of self-sponsored Team Saraceni with his brother Tony, talked about the revenue the tournaments bring into the Baldwinsville community. He said this tournament brought tens of thousands of dollars into the community and if a world tournament is attracted to this area that amount could increase to the hundreds of thousands.
On the shores
Forty-three teams fished from the shores of Seneca River at Lions Community Park, Onondaga Lake Park and at the old airstrip off Route 48 owned by Duke Strache.
Teams consisted of two fishermen and a runner (the runner was not allowed to touch the fish until off the hook and in the weighing bag). Fish were weighed only when they were 10 lbs. or more.