MASSENA While Waddington may be known as the carp capital of the world, in the early hours of this years St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament, Massena definitely was the place to be.
As of 3 p.m. Friday, the tournaments leader and the top two fishing sites were located in Massena, with young anglers casting off Route 131 and at Hawkins Point reeling in more than 130 pounds of fish.
The sport continued until 8 p.m. Friday and will resume at 7 a.m. today. The tournament closes at 5 tonight with an award ceremony to follow at 7 at Madrid-Waddington Central School.
The tourneys early leader, Matthew J. Delosh, 14, of Madrid, had hauled in four carp totaling 61 pounds, 3 ounces by Friday afternoon.
St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce Director Patricia L. McKeown said that scoring is based on an anglers best four fish.
Right now hes trying to replace his smaller fish, she said. And when I say smaller, Im talking about 14- or 15-pound fish.
Thats one of the things many of the competitors, including Matt, said they enjoyed most about carp fishing.
Theyre strong, theyre fast and theyre big fish, Matt said, adding fishing was something he enjoyed doing with his family.
His brother Austin, 12, also was participating in the tournament.
Today when the competition resumes, both boys will be trying their luck at Coles Creek.
Ms. McKeown said that, as of Friday afternoon, 46 fish totaling 664 pounds had been caught. The biggest fish brought in as of that time weighed 24 pounds and was caught in Ogdensburg near the Customs House.
The overall winner of the tournament will receive $10,000. Second- and third-place prizes also are offered, along with awards for sportsmanship, teams and biggest fish.