Big names to join Bassmaster Governor’s Challenge fishing event

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Auburn, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Several big names are expected to participate when the Bassmaster Governor’s Challenge fishing tournament reels off Saturday on Owasco Lake.

Joining the event are Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, former NBA and Syracuse basketball star Derrick Coleman and Rep. Dan Maffei.

The guests will be paired with 15 professional Elite Series anglers who fail to make today’s cut for Saturday’s semifinal competition in the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite Series tournament currently underway on Cayuga Lake.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s challenge is designed to highlight and promote fishing and vacationing opportunities in Upstate New York through a competition “featuring special guests, including some of the biggest names in professional bass fishing.”

“As a lifelong fisherman, I am looking forward to hosting the 2014 Bassmaster Governor’s Challenge on Owasco Lake,” Cuomo said. “The Finger Lakes are among the state’s premier destinations for visitors and anglers, and this Challenge is designed to bring further attention to all the region has to offer.”

According to Cuomo’s office, fishing is one of the biggest revenue contributors to the state.

“It generates $1.8 billion for our economy and employs 17,000 people. The Finger Lakes are one of New York’s and the Northeast’s top fishing destination. There are an estimated 128 species of fish in the Finger Lakes,” a statement from the governor’s office said.

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