PLATTSBURGH — A four-day fishing tournament launches out of the Plattsburgh City Marina today.
The event will be the seventh and final leg of the 2019 Fishing League Worldwide Tour regular season and will bring 168 of the world’s best bass anglers to compete on Lake Champlain.
The event is hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Visitors Bureau.
Mayor Colin Read said he’s grateful Fishing League Worldwide features part of their tour on the nearby lake.
“The investment in these tournaments, I’ve calculated, pumps millions of dollars into the regional economy, through their stays at hotels up on Route 3, through the meals for the anglers and their families, for the shopping uptown and downtown while they are here, even through gasoline purchases,” Read said.
“Not only does the city’s investment pay great dividends to our regional economy, but the buzz around town, and the enthusiasm for this region these anglers show is something that we all find enjoyable.”
As the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, Fishing League Worldwide puts on a variety of circuits each year.
The FLW Tour at Lake Champlain competition will extend through Sunday, June 30.
The event’s format will have all 168 pro anglers competing on Thursday and Friday, each aiming for the heaviest accumulated weight.
After Friday’s weighing, only the top 30 will advance to compete on Saturday and then, following Saturday’s weigh-in, the pool will be narrowed down again.
Only the top 10 pros continue the competition on Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition, a joint city-Visitors Bureau press release says.
First place will receive $125,000.
Weigh-ins on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28 will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Plattsburgh City Marina on Dock Street.
On Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, weigh-ins will be pushed back to 4 p.m.
“So come out and catch the excitement as anglers weigh in their fish each day competing for that big check and big title,” the release says.
FISH WITH PROS
Also starting today is the free FLW Outdoor Expo.
That family-friendly event will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day through Saturday and is located at the marina.
The expo will feature raffles/giveaways, local food vendors and a chance to meet pro anglers, the release says.
On Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. will be the free Unified Fishing Derby.
That free event is open to anyone under 18 years, as well as Special Olympics athletes.
Competitors meet at Wilcox Dock off of Cumberland Avenue to go fishing with tour pros, like Pro Angler Cody Kelley.
“The first and second place anglers will be recognized on the big stage that same day, just prior to the pros weighing in,” the press release says.
Other bass fishing tournaments will hit the Adirondack Coast this year, too.
On Saturday, July 13 is the FLW Bass Fishing League and the FLW Costa Series is Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20.
The Reynolds Boats Northern Bass Open and the ABA Open Series will both come to Lake Champlain in August.
Mayor Read said he gives credit to Rick Perry, a former city building inspector who played a key role in attracting big fishing tournaments to Lake Champlain.
“And then the Chamber of Commerce for their vision in attracting them in the first place, and then our city for providing the first-rate facilities to accommodate them,” Read continued.
“We do it with the cooperation of our staff, of the Plattsburgh Boat Basin, and of all the people who work so hard to make their visits enjoyable.”
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