Local group takes over spring carp fishing tournment in Baldwinsville as CARP Tournament Series pulls out
A four-year run that brought international and North American carp anglers to Baldwinsville has come to an end for the Oklahoma-based CARP Tournament Series. Meanwhile, a local group has taken over responsibility for next spring’s carp fishing contest on the Seneca River.
David Moore, tournament director for CARP Tournament Series, said during a recent phone interview that his group will not be returning next spring to Central New York. Instead, the group is putting its focus on hosting the Carp Angling World Championship in September 2011 on the St. Lawrence River. As a result, regional carp fishing tournaments put on by his group in Oklahoma, Connecticut and New York have been suspended.
Moore said the world championships is expected to draw about 400 anglers from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. A new line-up of venues and tournaments for 2012 will be announced at a later date, he said.
“We’ve been privileged to be a part of the ‘carp revolution’ in Baldwinsville,” Moore said. “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 was tremendously rewarding to see the interest from local carp anglers increase each year of the tournament.”
With CARP Tournament Series out of the picture, Jason Bernhardt and Sean Sauda, of Wild Carp Companies, recently put in a proposal to the Baldwinsville Host Committee, which has been working with CARP Tournament Series the past four years. Wild Carp Companies was given approval by the committee for a tournament on May 14-17, 2011 on the Seneca River.
Bernhardt is the son of Jay Bernhardt, co-owner of the Red Mill Inn in Baldwinsville, which has served as tournament headquarters for the carp tournament the past four years. Sauda is a life-long Baldwinsville resident and has more than 20 years of carp angling experience, Bernhardt said.
“I have every confidence in Jason’s and Sean’s abilities to manage this tournament and to uphold the great reputation that this event has had,” Mayor Joe Saraceni said.
Moore stressed the Baldwinsville tournament has been an extremely positive thing for his group the past four years and he leaves with nothing but good feelings about the area. He said his decision to pull out of Baldwinsville is simply in line his greater purpose to continue spreading the word about carp fishing across the country.
Moore quickly added, “I doubt we’re finished with the Syracuse area. You never know what’s going to happen. We’re probably going to be back in some capacity, one way or another.”