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Gov. Cuomo and B.A.S.S. To Host Three Pro-Fishing Expos In The Upstate


Autumn fly fishing in the lakeOn Sunday, July 26, New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the return of major fishing tournaments to the Empire State in 2016. The professional sportfishing organization B.A.S.S. and New York State will coordinate to host three “Elite Series” events, including the Governor’s Challenge, in 2016. The Governor’s Challenge will feature professional anglers, public demonstrations, and a banquet — all designed to lure tourists and New York State residents to popular recreation spots.

“From the rivers of the Thousand Islands to the shores of Union Springs, New York is home to world-renowned fishing for all anglers,” said Governor Cuomo. “Today, I am proud to announce that B.A.S.S. will be back next year to host three tournaments in Central New York and the North Country. These exciting competitions will continue to promote New York’s status as an unparalleled destination for tourism and recreation – which leads to more jobs and economic activity in communities across the state.”

Lieutenant Governor Hochul joined the governor for the announcement, praising New York State’s prized fishing destinations. Hochul previously participated in the 2015 Governor’s Challenge fishing tournament, which will return next year as one in a series of professional fishing expos. In addition to the Governor’s Challenge, 2016 will see a professional fishing tournament in Auburn, NY and Lake Placid, NY, in June and July respectively.

“Our Elite Series anglers love going to New York’s great bass lakes, and many of our 500,000 B.A.S.S. members enjoy traveling to the state for a taste of the fantastic fishing opportunities there,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin.

The announcement is part of an ongoing partnership between the state government and the pro-fishing organization. This year, the Empire State Development’s Division of Tourism joined with B.A.S.S. to host Casting Kids, bringing professional anglers to teach kids fishing skills in Central Park. According to recent estimates, nearly 40 million Americans hunt and fish, and Governor Cuomo wants to attract as many tourists as possible to Upstate New York’s hunting and fishing grounds.

The Governor has also tried to boost in-state tourism, sponsoring free fishing weekends and expanding the number of licenses given to NY State residents.