MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The city will host the 2013 Bass Federation Eastern Division Championship on the Connecticut River.
The common council appropriated $5,000 to sponsor the tournament, which is estimated to bring in about $150,000 of local spending during its four days. The tournament is sponsored by Cabela’s and fishing will be done on the river in Middletown and Haddam.
“Downtown Middletown is an ideal location for the tournament with a first class hotel, a wide variety of family-friendly dining and entertainment venues,” Mayor Daniel Drew said in a news release.
“The tournament is just the kind of family event we are looking for to shine a spotlight on Middletown’s riverfront. This will bring a unique and different visitor to the city from the entire Northeastern region,” he said.
City Planning Director William Warner said the event will be good for Middletown because competitors, spectators and their families will stay at local hotels, eat at local restaurants and shop in the area.
The Bass Federation Eastern Division Championship will be held from Sept. 10 through Sept. 13 next year. The 2012 division tournament was held on Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont, and the 2011 tournament was held in Casco, Maine. Ticonderoga, New York hosted the 2010 event on the Southern end of Lake Champlain.
Amy Perry, secretary of the Bass Federation of Connecticut, said 12 anglers from each New England state, New York and Ontario, Canada participate in the regional tournament every year. She said the top two from each state will go on to the Bass Federation’s national championships.
“It brings a lot of spending into the area,” Perry said. “A lot of the anglers come ahead of time to practice and bring their families.”
She said the tournament rotates through New England, New York and Ontario. In the past it has been based in Hartford on the Connecticut River. This year is actually Rhode Island’s turn to host the tournament, but the state’s lack of bass fishing spots means it will defer to Connecticut, Perry said.
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