cawc_logo_final_300px.png Hogansburg N.Y. - The world is coming to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino when northern New York's well known gaming enterprise hosts the prestigious Carp Angling World Championship's awards ceremony on September 30th.  Several hundred of the world's most talented carp anglers will cap-off their five-day endurance contest with a celebration at the casino honoring the winners of the competition.  Carp Tournament Series and the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce host the contest that will take place beforehand September 24-30th on the St. Lawrence River corridor from Ogdensburg to Massena NY.  It is only the second time in history that a competitive world-class professional-level carp fishing event such as the CAWC has be held in North America.  Competitions of this caliber are rarely held outside Europe, and the last time such an elite tournament came to the United States was 2005.  Anglers representing Canada, the Channel Islands, Greece, the Czech Republic, England, Hungary, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, the Ukraine and the United States will participate in the international contest.  "The world's best carp anglers are traveling from across the globe to the North Country to participate in the Carp Angling World Championship, and it is befitting that the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino open its doors to welcome these competitors from such far reaching places.  We're delighted that we can spotlight our region's foremost gaming attraction in this partnership with Carp Tournament Series," comments Public Relations Manager Benjamin Herne. "We'll do everything possible to show the participants, their families, volunteers and spectators a relaxing and fun alternative to complement the grueling competitive side of this event.  We're confident they'll enjoy the 1,600-plus Vegas-style slots, gaming tables and restaurants." "We're delighted to accept the invitation of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino as our partner and venue for our awards ceremonies, and we're grateful for their hospitality.  We look forward to having a great time at the casino and awards ceremonies," said tournament director David Moore. America's "Bass Boss" Ray Scott - perhaps the most noted name in competitive fishing - will emcee the awards ceremonies at the casino.  The BASS founder has a keen interest in catch-and-release competitive fishing and sees many similarities in both the foundation and philosophies between carp and bass anglers'.  The casino will recognize Scott at a VIP reception prior to the awards ceremonies. Organizers encourage both fans and the curious to come out to watch the skill of these world-class competitors along the St. Lawrence River.  The event headquarters are at the arena in Waddington NY. Maps, leader board standings and schedule of events are located on-line at http://www.carptournamentseries.com/. Opening and closing ceremonies are open to the public. The Carp Angling World Championship is presented by the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce.  Other sponsors include Nash Bait and Nash Tackle of England, Ray Scott Outdoors, Big Carp Tackle, Walmart, Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, St. Lawrence Centre, Off the Hook Bed & Breakfast, OfficeMax, Time Warner Cable, EconoLodge, St. Lawrence Experience, Austin Layng, A.J. Missert Inc., 101.5 The Fox, The Online Fisherman, World Fishing Network, the City of Ogdensburg, the Waddington Chamber of Commerce, WNTS TV and Cape Air.

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Media Avail/Photo Op: Friday, September 30, 2011 4pm - VIP Reception with Ray Scott 5pm - Awards Ceremonies Rapids at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino 873 Route 37 Hogansburg NY Contact: Benjamin Herne 518-358-2222 x 2134