St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament
10th Anniversary Tournament Dates Set: August 16 - 18, 2012.
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COMPLETE RESULTS FROM THE 2011 TOURNAMENT
After 102 young anglers had fished for two days, 15-year- old Mike Cummings of Madrid emerged as Grand Champion of the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament, held this year on August 19 and 20.
The teen,fishing as part of a team sponsored by Nature’s Trophies of Waddington, brought in four fish that weighed 89 pounds, 1 ounce in total, including one that was more than 26 pounds. He was presented with a Grand Champion trophy and $2,300 in prize money during the catch-and-release tournament’s closing ceremonies on Saturday evening.
And although a tournament record wasn’t broken it was certainly threatened by first-time angler Tyler Mitchell, who brought in a 40-pound, 8-ounce carp from the St. Lawrence River near the Robert McEwen Customs Building in Ogdensburg. The 13-year-old from Hogansburg, who was sponsored by Potsdam Specialty Paper, caught the fish on Saturday morning.
Tyler was one of five youngsters from P.J. Burns’ “Kids for Fishing” program in the Hogansburg area who participated in the junior carp event for the first time this year.
Millie Mason caught a 44-pound, 8-ounce fish in the 2004 Junior Carp Tournament. The New York State record for common carp has stood at 50 pounds, 6 ounces since 1995.
This year’s Junior Carp Tournament saw nearly a ton of carp (107 fish; 1,821 pounds) caught by youngsters 11- to 18-years-old on Friday and Saturday at eight sites along the St. Lawrence from Massena to Ogdensburg. Participants submitted the combined weight of up to four of their heaviest fish for division competition. All fish caught were released back into the river.
County Chamber Executive Director Pat McKeown, FISHCAP program coordinator and noted angler Don Meissner, FISHCAP board member and carp angler Bob Giordano, and 2011 Junior Carp Tournament Grand Marshal Connor Loomis of Waddington led the award ceremony Saturday evening at Madrid-Waddington Central School.
The Sportsmanship Award went to Samuel Lyon of Winthrop, with honorable mention given to Megan Parmeter of Lisbon. Both were cited for putting concern for fellow anglers and respect of the sport above their individual achievement. For the second year in a row, Dillan Putney of Lisbon also received honorable mention in this category for his care in cleaning up the area in which he was fishing.
Good Effort nods to anglers who came up short during the two days went to Morgan Sutliff, Potsdam; Brett Barkley, Norwood; and Lintaro Kajiwara, Illinois. On behalf of Lintaro, the county chamber is donating $250 to the American Red Cross to aid victims of the recent tsunami in Japan, Lintaro’s native country.
Grand Champion: Mike Cummings, Madrid; top fish totaling 89 pounds, 1 ounce.
Biggest Fish Overall: Tyler Mitchell, Hogansburg; 40 pounds, 8 ounces.
First Place: Team Terriah with fish totaling 190 pounds, 7 ounces; anglers Austin Delosh, Matthew Delosh, and Hanna Hawkins of Chase Mills, Megan Parmeter of Lisbon.
Second Place: Evans Farm Repair, 146 pounds, 11 ounces; anglers Francis Bateman and Benjamin Cochrane of Waddington, Trevor Tryon of Chase Mills, and Devin Sargent of New Hampshire.
Third Place: Nature’s Trophies II, 131 pounds, 15 ounces; anglers Anthony Zeledon, Nicholas Zeledon, Jeffrey Mott of Waddington and Mike Cummings of Madrd.
Girls 11-14 Division
First Place: Bryaunna Murray, Massena; top fish totaling 51 pounds, 12 ounces.
Second Place: Abigail Lyon, Winthrop; 37 pounds, 11 ounces.
Third Place: Cassidy Scott, Waddington; 27 pounds, 2 ounces (one fish).
Biggest Fish: Cassidy Scott.
Boys 11-14 Division
First Place: Matt Delosh, Chase Mills; top fish totaling 70 pounds, 7 ounces.
Second Place: Shane Tiernan, Madrid; 64 pounds, 2 ounces.
Third Place: Trevor Tryon, Chase Mills; 64 pounds.
Biggest fish: Tyler Mitchell, Hogansburg; 40 pounds, 8 ounces.
Girls 15-18 Division
First Place: Megan Parmeter, Lisbon; top fish totaling 43 pounds, 6 ounces.
Second Place: Ashley Brady, Waddington; 37 pounds, 12 ounces.
Third Place: Lindsey Remington, Lisbon; 27 pounds, 7 ounces.
Biggest Fish: Breann Bigtree, Hogansburg; 26 pounds, 10 ounces.
Boys 15-18 Division
First Place: Mike Cummings, Madrid; top fish totaling 89 pounds, 1 ounce.
Second Place: Austin Scott, Waddington; 70 pounds.
Third Place: Zachary Brock, Waddington; 55 pounds, 3 ounces.
Biggest Fish: Zachary Brock, 31 pounds, 4 ounces.
Most Fish Overall: Matt Delosh, Chase Mills, 8 fish.
Smallest Fish: Bethany Gilbert, Hannawa Falls, 8 pounds, 11 ounces; Ian Hawkins, Chase Mills, 9 pounds, four ounces.
First Fish Caught: Bryaunna Murray, Massena (7:27 a.m. Friday); Jeffrey Mott, Waddington (7:06 a.m. Friday).
Last Fish Caught: Breann Bigtree, Hogansburg; Dale Vallance, Madrid.
Parents fishing with kids: First place, Jason Adle, Potsdam, fishing with son Alex Lewis; 14-pound, 9-ounce carp. Second place, David Losey, Winthrop, fishing with son Tyler Losey; 12-pound, 14-ounce carp.
You can also check out the online leaderboard for the tournament, provided courtesy of Catch and Release Professional Tournament Series (CARPTS).
The tournament is open to youth ages 11-18 as of the date of the tournament, which runs the third Friday and Saturday in August each year. We hope to see you then in 2012!
We appreciate the assistance and support from our volunteer marshals and all who helped make the tournament a success, including the tournament sponsors listed below. Without them we could not make this the best junior carp fishing tournament in the world.
Sponsors of this year’s tournament include: Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, Mort Backus& Sons, Time Warner Cable, Carp Anglers Group, Mike's Trophies, Waddington Chamber of Commerce, Pepsi Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers, North Country Savings Bank, Catch and Release Professional Tournament Series, Town of Louisville, NBT Bank, Cape Air, Great Northern Printing, MVP Health Care, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Bion, SeaComm Federal Credit Union, Casella Waste, Sullivans Office Supply, City of Ogdensburg, Kunoco IGA, Stewart's Shops, Jreck Subs, Pizza Hut, Specialist Tackle, Mix 96.1, WMSA, 101.5 The Fox, Potsdam Specialty Paper, Ostranders Bed & Breakfast, Town of Waddington, Village of Waddington, FISHCAP, Madrid-Waddington Central School, JC's River Run, Seaway Diner & Smokehouse, Casio – Japan (Digital Imaging Division), Marukyu – Japan, Tsuribito – Japan, Alcoa, New York Power Authority, Massena Savings& Loan, ENV North Agency, SLIC Network Solutions, Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority, Big Carp Tackle, Nature’s Trophies, Wacker Bait & Tackle, Grey’s, Jim and Dot Locy, Fred Jarrett, Off the Hook Bed and Breakfast, Fidelis Care, and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.