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Big bass competition in Plattsburgh

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PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -

There's something catching everyone's attention on Lake Champlain.

In Plattsburgh, 125 boats hit the lake, carrying 250 anglers and co-anglers on the water for the annual Bass Tournament hosted by FLW in Kentucky.

"Bass fishing is one of the few sports that you take your own skills and match it to a critter in the wild who could care less about being caught," said Ron Lappin, the tournament director.

This is the 12th year the tournament has come to Plattsburgh for their northern division tournament. The North Country Chamber of Commerce says the tournament has grown over the years and anglers say they like what Lake Champlain has to offer.

"There's large bass ready to be caught, record-breaking days. So, it's kinda got a reputation of being unpredictable, but you're gonna have a good day out on the lake and you're gonna see those numbers you want to see," said Kristy Kennedy of the North Country Chamber of Commerce.

"This is one of the premier places in the U.S. that you can catch both smallmouth bass and largemouth bass during the same seasons," Lappin said.

Anglers weigh in their catches and rally up points to see if they can win the big prize-- $35,000 and a brand new $40,000 ranger boat. And the top co-angler can win a boat of their own. But no matter the end results, anglers say they are glad they have a reason to spend a few days on Lake Champlain, and locals say they are thrilled to showcase the region.

"We have such a gem with Lake Champlain and the fact that someone will drive all the way from Kentucky to be on Lake Champlain speaks volumes for what that lake really offers," Kennedy said.

The bass tournament will continue until Saturday, but organizers say for today they're expecting anglers to collectively weigh in 2,500-3,000 pounds of fish.

And organizers say they've already started planning for next year with Plattsburgh set in stone.

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