The Red Mill Inn in the News
French tandem land over a ton of carp
Frenchmen Frederic Labrousse and Numa Marengo together caught more than a ton of carp to win the Northeast Regionals carp fishing tournament in Baldwinsville, which ended Saturday morning.
The two Internet journalists, who plan to start a carp-oriented Web site by this summer, had a narrow lead on the 35-team field Friday afternoon. They built on it steadily throughout the evening and night to win the $5,000 first prize.
When the tournament ended at 11 a.m. Saturday morning, they had landed a total of 225 fish, the biggest weighing 26 pounds, 8 ounces. Their final weight total was 3,018 pounds, 5 ounces.
The tournament kicked off Thursday morning and featured 50 hours of straight fishing on assigned spots (called pegs) along the Seneca River, south of Baldwinsville. The non-stop fishing took its toll on many of the anglers, most getting little or no sleep.
"The difference between first and second could have been that lack of sleep and complete exhaustion caught up with one of the teams," said David Moore, tournament director.
The second place team of Tom Brooks and Colin Peters of North Carolina landed 182 fish, finishing with a total weight of 2,502 pounds, nine ounces. They earned $2,500.
Moore said none of the two-person teams in the tournament got skunked. The pair of Baldwinsville Mayor Joe Saraceni and his brother Tony, who's a village trustee, landed three fish, for a total of 73 pounds. The biggest one was 16 pounds, 5 ounces.
The biggest fish of the tournament, weighing 32 pounds, 6 ounces, was caught by the husband and wife team of John and Angela Bramley from North Carolina.
The awards ceremony took place Saturday evening on Papermill Island in Baldwinsville. A public party with live entertainment followed.
Moore said the final results will be posted Monday on the American Carp Society's Web site at acstournaments.com.
He said all the anglers were impressed by the hospitality shown by the tournament's local committee, the greater Baldwinsville community, its people and businesses. He said a decision was made by American Carp Society officials Saturday to return to Baldwinsville for next year's Northeast Regionals tournament.
The tentative date is May 15-17, 2008.