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Waddington, NY, Aug 09, 2013 — Thursday morning hundreds of cheering fans watched the 99 anglers of the Bassmasters Elite Series line up and roar off on the St. Lawrence River for day one of competition. Thousands more people are expected for the tournament through Sunday.
A few hours later, Governor Andrew Cuomo showed up to do some cheering of his own. Go to full article
Pete Ponds tries a new lure during practice Monday. Photo: David Sommerstein
Aug 07, 2013 — Just a couple weeks after he drew statewide attention to the allure of the Adirondacks, Governor Andrew Cuomo is bringing the big spotlight to the St. Lawrence River tomorrow.
Cuomo visits Waddington Thursday morning, for the first launch of the Bassmaster Elite Series tournament. He'll speak on the same stage where anglers will weigh their day's catch each afternoon at 3:15. According to the Governor's office, Cuomo will then join B.A.S.S. tournament director Chris Bowes for some fishing on the St. Lawrence, north of the Eisenhower power dam.
Local businesses are expecting unprecedented crowds for this weekend's tournament. John Chamberlain owns JC's bowling lanes and bar and grill in Waddington. "The fisherman are here. The sponsors are here," says Chamberlain. Regular Ken Graves says it's the biggestn thing to ever hit the North Country. "Not just Waddington,"Graves affirms. "It's the second biggest sport to NASCAR. I'm telling you the truth, it's big."
Maybe not as big as football or baseball, but bass fishing is big. The Elite Series tournaments draw tens of thousands of fans and national coverage on ESPN.
Still, a lot of people don't know anything about professional bass fishing. David Sommerstein went for a ride-along while the anglers were practicing this week. Go to full article
Bassmaster Elite angler Randy Howell reels in a small mouth during Monday's practice session. But the fish are going to have to be about twice that size to win. Photo: David Sommerstein
Waddington, NY, Aug 06, 2013 — The country's biggest professional bass anglers are scouting out their best fishing spots on the St. Lawrence River in preparation for the Bassmaster Elite Series competition.
The event is expected to draw thousands of fans to the Waddington area, where the tournament is based. Go to full article