CARP Tournament Series ends run in Baldwinsville

Kathleen Kelly, CARP Tournament Series LLC 07/27/10More articles
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.

“The record setting tournaments that many carp anglers have experienced and enjoyed would not have been a reality without the strong commitment from CARPTS tournament director David Moore, Baldwinsville native Kathleen Kelly-Ori and their staff. We wish CARPTS great success with the Carp Angling World Championship in 2011.”

CARPTS will focus on September 2011 when they host the Carp Angling World Championship on the St. Lawrence River. Contests in Oklahoma, Connecticut and New York have been suspended next year to put all of the group’s efforts toward the CAWC - one of the largest world-class events with approximately 400 anglers from Africa, Asia, Europe and North America expected. A new line-up of venues and tournaments for 2012 will be announced at a later date.

CARP Tournament Series is based in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and is under the direction of David Moore, who is considered a carp angling visionary in North America and the foremost authority on carp angling in the United States. He is a world-class carp angler – competing around the globe – and a founding director of the American Carp Society (ACS), director of the Carp Anglers Group (CAG) and the U.S. Representative to the International Carp Fishing Association (ICFA).

CARP Tournament Series is dedicated to catch-and-release carp angling through promotion of tournaments that exemplify good sportsmanship, sound environmentalism, and stewardship of our lands and waters, as well as education of the sport.

CATEGORY: General Sports
EDITION: Baldwinsville Messenger

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