As NBC 30 is reporting, the Northeast Regional Bass Fishing Tournament opened today in town.
As the Eye reported last December, Middletown was in competition with other cities, and secured the tourney for a $5000 host fee. The expected return is a cash infusion into the area to the tune of six figures.
If that seemed a bargain at the time, it appears to be holding up. A hundred fishermen are visiting the city from all over the northeast, and the VP of the Bass Federation is quoted as saying many of them made scouting trips weeks beforehand as well.
The tourney runs through Friday. Weigh-ins are at Harbor Park. You can follow the results on the The Bass Federation's webpage. Right now, a man from Bethel is in the lead. Home turf--er, home river advantage, apparently.