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Carp Lures Anglers to Baldwinsville

May 17, 2007
Carp Lures Anglers to Baldwinsville

 

Baldwinsville (WSYR-TV) - The Seneca River is being called a gold mine for carp.

Baldwinsville is home to the first ever American Carp Society Northeast Regional Tournament. It's expected to pump an estimated $100,000 into the greater Baldwinsville community in just four days.

It's a tough day at the office for Jason Grant and his fishing partner, Scott Zolo. "I mean where else can you work and have your boss pay for you to go fishing for two days straight? I mean come on," Jason says.

They both work at Plumley Engineering PC in Baldwinsville. Neither of them really know how to fish, but entered the tournament anyway. Their co-workers are there rooting them on.

Jason and Scott did catch a fish, but a catfish isn't exactly what they're looking for. "Unfortunately because we are already up 3 of those but what are you going to do? You have to take the good with the bad," Jason says.

For 50 hours, anglers are stuck there. They only leave for emergencies and in one case, it was out to get more Quaker Oats to be used for bait. Things are looking up for Mark Yost and his partner; they've been catching carp all day long.

"We've caught tons of fish. Caught a lot of catfish, which don't qualify, but a lot of carp. Seems like the guys down here are catching a lot themselves. It's picking up definitely."

And things are definitely picking up in downtown Baldwinsville, too. The regional tournament is doing wonders for nearby businesses, including the Red Mill Inn. Steve Einbinder, with the inn, says, "We've been sold out last night. We were sold out Tuesday night. Hoping to sell out Saturday night."

Business is also booming at Lake Effect Pub. They even ordered banners to welcome the out-of-towners. "It's good for the village. It's good for the businesses. It's a good thing for Baldwinsville, no question," says Tom Taylor, with the pub.

As the competition continues, more spectators are expected to roll into town. Things have gone so well, the tournament's director says they'll be back again next year.

Some of the competitors have come as far away as France, Romania, and the United Kingdom.

The team that has the highest combined weight will walk away with $5,000 cash.

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