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October 14, 2012

Region may lure more pro anglers

Franklin County mulls route to hosting fishing tournament

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Restocking initiatives and creation of a fish hatchery and fish farms are also part of the plan to ensure the waterways are kept replenished with stock.

The chamber also hopes entrepreneurs will surface to create businesses that cater to the needs and expectations of high-end professional anglers, such as luxury lodging “for those seeking cosmopolitan waterside accommodations” and also places to stay for those who want a more rustic experience that still includes modern conveniences.

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There are also opportunities, planners say, for retail businesses such as those selling everything from cold drinks to quality cigars.

“We have found that many anglers love the idea of a cold drink and a fine cigar after a successful fishing day and find the idea of such a treat extremely appealing,” states a FISHCAP executive-summary document.

Such experiences, as well as professional-guide services and trips, could create repeat business and word-of-mouth advertising.

Customized fishing guides and websites targeted toward self-guided outdoor enthusiasts would also create opportunities for new businesses.

Legislators have not decided if they will back Leitz’s suggestion on partnering with St. Lawrence County on FISHACAP.

But anyone seeking more details can attend public hearings on the tentative budget set for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Harrietstown Town Hall in Saranac Lake and at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the fourth-floor Legislative chambers at the County Courthouse in Malone.

Email Denise A. Raymo:

draymo@pressrepublican.com

FISHCAP, an initiative of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce to promote the St. Lawrence River Valley as the fishing capital of the world, has had economic success since it was launched in late 2010. According to a fact sheet from the New York State Tourism Economics report, tourist-generated tax dollars in St. Lawrence County amounted to $111.4 million in 2011, an increase of $5.5 million from 2010 and $10 million more than 2009. Local-tax dollars generated by tourism in 2011 equaled $6.7 million in 2011, up $330,000 from 2010 and $401,000 from 2009, the report states. And every $1 spent by tourists in St. Lawrence County in 2011 had a return of $34.90, it states. Citing State Department of Environmental Conservation data, FISHCAP officials say that the issuance of one-day fishing licenses for residents went from 145 in 2009-10 to 663 in 2010-11; seven-day resident-fishing licenses went from 93 in 2009-10 to 629 in 2010-11; non-resident one-day licenses went from 162 to 600; seven-day licenses grew from 1,097 to 3,379; and non-resident fishing season licenses went from 575 to 885. To learn more, visit www.fishcap.net.

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