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Jr. Carp Tournament on the St. Lawrence River Attracted Big Carp and Young Anglers from Across the County and the Northeast

A Lisbon angler beat out 65 other competitors to win the 18th annual St. Lawrence International Jr. Carp Tournament last weekend, July 29-31, 2021.

Paul “PJ” Payne was grand champion with his heaviest (4) carp weighing 80 lb. 11 oz. He also caught the most fish, with his 14 fish weighing a total of 214 lbs. 10 oz. The 66 competitors caught and released, between Ogdensburg and Massena, New York, a combined total of 164 carp, weighing a total of 2,482 lb.  The tournament was started in 2003 and is now organized by the Carp Anglers Group, North America's longest running carp fishing organization with members across the United States, Canada and Mexico.  This year’s tournament, in its 18th year attracted youth from the Hudson Valley in NY as well as Washington, DC, Connecticut and New Jersey.

“It was great to have so many kids out on the banks of the River doing what they love. For some, this was their first time ever fishing the St. Lawrence River, for others, this is an annual, multi-generation tradition” noted Jo Ann Roberts, tournament organizer.  Chris Schierkolk, who attended with his son, Gabe, from Washington, DC, commented, "there should be one of these tournaments everywhere in the Country!

This year’s event was dedicated to participants or supporters who were lost: Riley Basford, Louie Kiah, Terry Rafter, Donnie Smithers and Carl Bennett.

Results follow:

Girls 11-14 -- 1st Place: Abbie Belmore, 62 lbs. 8 oz. (Waddington); 2nd Place: Hayley Cota, 36 lbs. 4 oz. (Rennselaer Falls); 3rd Place: Destiny McGee, 31 lbs. 1 oz. (Massena)

Boys 11-14 -- 1st Place: Gavin Carter, 62 lbs. 15 oz. (Lisbon); 2nd Place: Noah Lamora, 59 lbs. 7 oz. (Potsdam); 3rd Place: Alex Shepard, 56 lbs. 7 oz. (Heuvelton)

Girls 15-18 -- 1st Place: Delaney O’Brian, 56 lbs. 4 oz. (Lisbon); 2nd Place: Katrina Sheffield, 54 lbs. 15 oz. (Lisbon); 3rd Place: Olivia Caldwell, 51 lbs. 2 oz. (Massena)

Boys 15-18 -- 1st Place: PJ Payne, 80 lbs. 11 oz. (Lisbon); 2nd Place: Dylan Lamora, 76 lbs. 11 oz. (Potsdam); 3rd Place: Devin Green, 75 lbs. 14 oz. (Potsdam)

Team Competition -- 1st Place: Reel Spinners, 188 lbs. 6 oz.; 2nd Place: Five Alarm Farm, 181 lbs. 6 oz.; 3rd Place: The Lamora 3 Stooges, 161 lbs. 15 oz.

Adult Division: -- 1st Place: Michael Gurrola, 86 lbs. 13 oz. (Massena); 2nd Place: Jordan Gilbert, 30 lbs. (Hannawa Falls); 3rd Place: Daniel Jones, 14 lbs. 5 oz. (Croton on Hudson, NY)

Riley Basford Memorial Sportsmanship Award was presented to Julia Basford.

This event was also supported by the St. Lawrence County Chamber and a Market New York grant from I LOVE NY/New York State's Division of Tourism awarded as part of the Regional Economic Development Council Initiative. The tournament and all associated festivities were planned to ensure the safety of athletes, staff and guests.

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Photo Caption: 2021 St. Lawrence International Jr. Carp Tournament winner Paul “PJ” Payne with son Jaxxon and a large carp.

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What was the weight of the largest carp?

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That's a surprise!  With that amount of experienced carp anglers on the St Lawrence giving it all they had, you'd think there would have been some mid 30's (at least) sprinkled in there.

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12 minutes ago, Ken said:

That's a surprise!  With that amount of experienced carp anglers on the St Lawrence giving it all they had, you'd think there would have been some mid 30's (at least) sprinkled in there.

From what I’ve been told the significant fishing pressure on the St Lawrence has really reduced the number of 30s and 40s. The average weight of all carp that were caught was around 15 or 16 pounds, when the St Lawrence used to be much closer to 20 years ago.

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In the early 2000's there was a significant fish kill that possibly impacted the number of bigger fish.

The recent carp marathon produced a good number of 20+ fish

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