Clarkson Lands Big Fishing Tournament

Clarkson Lands Big Fishing Tournament

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The St. Lawrence River's reputation for sport fishing continues to grow.

This summer Clarkson University is hosting a regional tournament in the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series.

It's expected to bring as many as 400 college anglers to the river.

"Young people from all over the country and the world, coming in here, seeing our area, seeing our St. Lawrence County, will be astounding," Waddington Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada said.

Catching the college series adds another major tournament to the list of fishing competitions going on this summer.

Waddington and Massena are both hosting professional tournaments.

The Clarkson Bass Fishing Club, which was founded just over a year ago, played a big role in connecting the college with Bass Master to set up the tournament.

Club President Ben Seaman says part of why he chose to attend Clarkson was because of the fishing up here.

"I absolutely love to fish on the St. Lawrence River," Seaman said. "It's by far and large the best small mouth fishery in the world and I'm just super stoked to bring these guys up here and show them what we have."

Clarkson University President Tony Collins also co-chairs the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) for the north country.

He says bringing in the tournament is a no-brainer, both for the school and the REDC.

"I mean it's going to bring a lot of people here and that's really what tourism is all about," Collins said. "It truly is economic development."

The tournament will run from June 18 through June 21. Boats will launch from Waddington, although parts of the tournament, towards the end, will take place at Clarkson in Potsdam.

(In the photo are Clarkson Bass Fishing Club President Benjamin Seaman and Clarkson President Tony Collins.)

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