Organizers of the Oklahoma-based CARP fishing Tournament which moved to the Connecticut River two years ago say they have decided not to come back for a third year. The “Carp Tournament Series Annual Tournament of Champions” says a major sponsor of the tournament has dropped out.
A release from tournament organizers says fishing conditions on the river made for challenging competition, and says interest in Hartford has gained momentum for both competitive and recreational anglers since the tournament’s arrival.
At Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture, director Joe Marfuggi says he doesn’t know details of the tournament’s decision. He says it’s been a great summer for the organization, with one successful event after another — and more to come, including “Guitar Under the Stars” this Saturday, an India festival, “Pipes in the Valley,” and the rowing regatta October 2, which has become one of the top ten such events in the country.
The CARP tournament series says anglers from Texas, North Carolina, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, New York, England, Romania and Poland all had been lined up to take part in the events in Hartford. And it says it has never before cancelled a tournament, and thanked Hartford organizers and business and tourism officials for their help.