WADDINGTON – Waddington has been chosen as headquarters for a national bass fishing tournament.
Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.), which holds several national bass fishing contests throughout the year, is expected to hold one of its Bassmaster Elite Series tournaments in Waddington next year.
A goal of mine has been to hold a main event of theirs in this area, said FishCap Project Manager Donald R. Meissner, who works to market the area to various fishing organizations. They decided that Waddington would be the ideal center place because of the abundance of land and fishing areas.
The elite series, which runs from coast to coast through all phases of the seasons, is a total of eight regular season events and two Angler of the Year fish offs with a total of $11 million in prizes.
The event is tentatively scheduled to be held in Waddington within the first two weeks of August 2013, the same week as Waddington Homecoming, Mayor Janet M. Otto-Cassada said.
FishCap officials predict thousands of competitors, families, bass fishing fans and tourists from across the world will flock to the area to attend the event. The tournament will require the cooperation of the Towns of Massena, Lisbon, and Louisville and the City of Ogdensburg in order to accommodate the large crowds, Mr. Meissner said.
The village board is expected to receive a letter of intent from B.A.S.S. within a week.
Waddington will then reach out to surrounding villages and townships, Mrs. Otto-Cassada said.
This venture will be so big it will take the entire county to get behind it, Mrs. Otto-Cassada said. We cant fit thousands of people here. We need to work together like we have in the past, and, if we work together along the river district, I have full confidence that we can pull this off.
Although the event is centered in Waddington, Mr. Meissner said the event will reflect the entire St. Lawrence Valley area.
This is a once and a lifetime opportunity and will benefit all the communities along the river, Mr. Meissner said. Our whole area will be involved, from motels and hotels to stores and gas stations. It can be and should be a great fair for the north country area next year. This one special eventdifferent than anything we have ever done before.