Bartlesville, OK --- A four-year run bringing international and North American carp anglers to Baldwinsville has come to an end for the Oklahoma-based CARP Tournament Series. The Central New York community has gained momentum as a destination for recreational and professional carp anglers in just a handful of years in a joint venture with the organization.
The partnership with CARPTS and the Baldwinsville community was centered on the historic Red Mill Inn and was spearheaded by Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Agency.
"We've been privileged to be a part of the 'carp revolution' in Baldwinsville," said David Moore, CARPTS tournament director. "Our original mission was to bring a tournament to this amazing fishery for three years. The warm hospitality and support of the people of Baldwinsville made it hard to refuse their invitation for a fourth year in 2010. It's tremendously rewarding to see the interest from local carp anglers increase each year of the tournament. We are thrilled by the news that the locals in Baldwinsville will continue the tradition in 2011 on the Seneca River. We're confident Baldwinsville has a very bright future in carp angling. Our sincerest thank you to the core host committee, the numerous businesses, sponsors, volunteers and government agencies who welcomed us to Central New York."
Since the inaugural year of CARPTS Northeast Regionals in 2007, the Seneca River earned a reputation as a prolific fishery for the common carp and produced unprecedented quantities of fish during the action-packed competitions. Over 112,000 pounds of carp have been caught and released by more than 325 anglers during the 50-consecutive hour contests throughout CARPTS tenure each May.
"The Baldwinsville Carp Tournament Committee would like to thank CARPTS for the direction and assistance they provided over the past five years. We greatly appreciate the high level of professionalism, organization and energy that CARPTS provided," said Jake McKenna of Baldwinsville's host committee.