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Carp anglers anticipate tournament in 2007
Carp angling tournament organizers are in Baldwinsville today to talk with business leaders about hosting a regional competition in local waterways next year that might attract anglers from around the world.
The proposed Central New York competition would be the first of five planned across the United States, said American Carp Society officials. The other regional competitions are planned for the Southeast and Midwest, as well as California and Texas.
Representatives of the society will provide information to local leaders and potential sponsors at a lunch meeting scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Red Mill Inn on Syracuse Street in Baldwinsville.
Although a definite date has yet to be determined, organizers are considering late summer or early fall of 2007, The Red Mill Inn owners said.
A specific date could be set within a month or two, said David Moore, tournament coordinator for the American Carp Society.
Although details are being worked out, the tournament could stretch across several local waterways, including the Seneca River and Oneida and Onondaga lakes, Moore said. "We would definitely want to utilize the entire area."
Tony Saraceni, a Baldwinsville village trustee who also is part of the Greater Baldwinsville Economic Development Agency and the Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce, said he likes the sound of that.
"I'm pretty excited about this," Saraceni said.
The proposed tournament could pump hundreds of thousands of dollars into the local economy, village and tournament officials say. Organizers are unsure of what that potential economic impact would be, though, since the planned regional competition would be the first of five the carp society hopes to schedule across the country in the next two years.
A six-day carp world angling championship held last year in St. Lawrence County pumped more than $460,000 into the region, organizers said, citing an economic impact study of the event.
Moore says the Central New York tournament might not generate that much because it is planned as a regional competition and not a world championship.