New York's angler-in-chief will face off against fishing pros and fellow elected officials next year at a fishing competition in the Finger Lakes region.
The Governor's Challenge hosted by Gov. Andrew Cuomo will help promote the state's fisheries and tourism industry. Cuomo made the announcement in Waddington, a village along the St. Lawrence River and site of this weekend's Bassmaster 2013 Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown. The fishing tournament kicked off Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Cuomo also said Thursday that a Bassmaster Elite Series tournament will return to New York next year. The event will be held along with the Governor's Challenge in the Finger Lakes. Dates and the exact location of the events weren't announced, but the competitions will be held sometime next fall.
The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) will also launch a campaign to promote the two events and fishing opportunities in New York, Cuomo said.
"From the Finger Lakes to the Hudson River to Long Island, New York is home to world-class fishing for all anglers and these destinations are waiting to be discovered,” Cuomo said. "That is why we are holding this exciting competition next year: to draw much needed and deserved attention to the beautiful and diverse fishing spots in New York.
"No matter who comes out victorious, New Yorkers will be the true winners in the 2014 Governor’s Challenge. This event will help grow our tourism and fishing industries and attract revenue to the Upstate communities that need it most. I thank B.A.S.S. for their investment in the Empire State and look forward to making this event a ‘reel’ success."
According to Cuomo, there are nearly 1.9 million anglers in New York. The sport fishing industry supports 17,000 jobs and generates approximately $1.8 billion in economic activity each year, Cuomo said.