​2018 Ed French Open - October 4 - October 7, 2018
with peg vieweing and opening ceremonies on
October 3, 2018

​​2017 Ed French Open Information
This tournament is a Big 6 format, with prizes awarded to the teams with the most combined weight of their six largest carp caught. There will also be prizes for the single largest carp caught. There are no prizes for mirror carp  (including side pots).

All teams wishing to register for the Ed French Open must print and mail in pages 1-3 from the registration form (coming soon), along with a $300 deposit (or more if desired), and $20 each for any angler that has not already paid Wild Carp Club membership dues.  All anglers must be Wild Carp Club members to compete in the Ed French Open. Your $20 fee is good for each calendar year, and applies to other club events.

Entry to this event is $900 per 2 or 3-person team.

Forms must be postmarked no earlier than August 14, 2017 for those teams eligible for early entry. Open registration begins August 21, 2017. Entries postmarked before a team's eligible registration date will be returned.
It is OK to send an incomplete registration form (missing angler info, signatures, please include emails). All team members may finalize registration forms  at Opening Ceremonies during the registration period prior to the peg draw,
but the registration payment must be paid in full.
Registration will be limited to 35 teams, unless new pegs are procured prior to the start of competition.

Entry will be based on the following:
Early Registration:  Early Registration for the Top 10 teams that placed in the 2016 Ed French Open (top 5 in each section) will begin on August 14, 2017.  You must have your $300 deposit postmarked no later than August 21, 2017. 
Full payment is due by September 22, 2017.
Teams are not allowed to change from your team you had at the 2016 Ed French Open if you are taking advantage of the Early Registration.  2016 qualifiers may still register if teammates are dropped but cannot form more than one team

Open Registration:  Open Registration begins on Monday, August 21, 2017.  Teams can guarantee a spot by sending in the full $900 registration amount.  Spots will be guaranteed by the postmark date on the evenvelope.  The latest the postmark date can be is Septemer 15, 2017 to guarantee a spot.  If we receive over 25 registration forms with the full $900 registration amount, the later postmark dated regitrations will have to be subjected to a draw.

For Open Registration, if teams send in a $300 deposit, entry will be based on the order received. Any day that registration forms are received, they will be guaranteed entry into the tournament up until the point that the maximum number of entries (44) has been reached.  For example, if at the time of open registration we receive 12 forms postmarked by September 2 with the $900 full registration payment, all 12 teams would be guaranteed. If the following day, 15 more teams are received with the $300 deposit only, and it exceeds our maximum, a live drawing would take place for those 15 teams. The first 9 chosen would be in the tournament and the following 6 would make up the waiting list.

All entries must be paid in full by September 22, 2017
No further entries will be accepted after September 22, 2017
Any team that makes a deposit and does not pay their balance by September 22, 2017 will forfeit their deposit
Any team that makes a deposit but does not show up for the tournament will forfeit their deposit

Lodging Information:
We have reserved 3 blocks of rooms for October 17 - October 22, 2017

Red Mill Inn : Rooms are blocked off for a rate of $99 + tax; (315) 635-4871; Use Code Ed French Open to get this rate
Microtel Inn and Suites : Rooms are blocked off for a rate of $75.99 + tax; (315) 635-9556; Use Code Ed French Open to get this rate

Clarion Inn and Suites : Rooms are blocked off for a rate of $65.99 + tax; (315) 457-8700; Use Code Ed French Open to get this rate

Click here to download the registration form in pdf format:

There will be a peg draw with Opening Ceremonies Wednesday, October 18 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM at The Red Mill Inn, 4 Syracuse St. Baldwinsville, NY.

The competition will begin at 8:00 AM, Thursday, October 19, 2017 (NO pre-baiting!).

Fishing will last until 11:00 AM, Sunday, October 22, 2017 with a Complimentary Lunch and Awards Ceremony which will be held at the Baldwinsville VFW, 50 Salina St, Baldwinsville, NY.  There will also be a cash bar available.
To make an online payment for deposit, partial registration, full registration, or sponsorship, visit our Online Store .
For results from previous Ed French Open (formerly Fall Qualifier) events, please visit the Wild Carp Companies tournament web page or the Past Results page.
Registration Form

2017 Schedule

Basic Rules

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
All Day, Peg Viewing

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Peg viewing
2:00 - 4:00 PM, Registration at Red Mill Inn
4:00 - 6:00 PM, Peg Draw, Raffles  (NO Peg Viewing after Draw)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Fishing Starts, 8:00 AM (NO PRE-BAITING)
You can go to your pegs to set up at 7:00 AM

  Friday, October 20, 2017
Continuous Fishing

Saturday, October 21, 2017
Continuous Fishing
Sunday, October 22, 2017
11:00 AM, Fishing Concludes
1:30 PM, Complimentary Lunch and Award Presentation (with Cash Bar $) at The Baldwinsville VFW
Teams awarded prizes for highest combined weight of
6 largest carp (common or mirror)
Teams of two or three permitted; six rods per team, one hook per rod

No going to your peg on Wednesday, October 18 after 6:00 PM.  If you do, you will get a red card and will be immediately removed from the tournament and your money will not be refunded back to you.

Must posess a NYS fishing license

Be a Wild Carp Club Member - Can pay $20 Membership Dues at Registration (per angler)
Proper carp care is required, including use of landing mats, catch and release angling, and use of holding sacks when awaiting marshals
Weigh marshal must weigh your catch, record your score and witness the release of each fish
Anglers must sign the weigh marshal scoresheet for each recorded weight and weigh marshal must sign the anglers scoresheet for the recorded weight
No Pre-baiting

Always maintain good sportsmanship while competing against fellow anglers
Teams must have landed six carp to qualify for section prizes
All fish must be at least 15 lb, 0 oz or greater to qualify for the Big 6 total
Be prepared to have enough carp-friendly holding bags to accommodate at least 6 fish; limit of 3 fish per large holding bag

Red Mill Inn
4 Syracuse St, Baldwinsville, NY

Baldwinsville VFW
50 Salina St, Baldwinsville, NY

To view the Leader  Board for the Ed French Open, you can either download the Ed French Open apps for both Android and Apple Devices or view it from the ReelTimeApps website.

2017 Tournament Prizes
Thank you!
Tournament prizes will follow this format, however, prizes amounts will be subject to change based on the amount of entries. Here are the prize amounts at 35 teams.
A special thank you goes to the membership of the Wild Carp Club of Central New York, whose members volunteer a great deal of their time before, during and after the Ed French Open and Wild Carp Classic to make sure the competing anglers have a great time while attending.

Overall Winner = $1,600

Section A Winners
1st Place = $3,300
2nd Place = $2,100
3rd Place = $1,500
4th Place = $1,200

Section B Winners
1st Place = $3,300
2nd Place = $2,100
3rd Place = $1,500
4th Place = $1,200

Big Fish Prizes
(Section A and Section B)
1st Place = $700
2nd Place = $400
3rd Place = $300

2017 Tournament Peg Locations

Peg locations are subject to change based on the final number of team entries.
Section A, Pegs 1-16
Section B, Pegs 17-37
NOTE: At the Wegman's Good Dog Park and Long Branch Park, teams may drive to their pegs to unload their vehicles and/or trailers if the ground is dry. All vehicles and trailers may not enter until 6:00 AM and must be returned to designated parking areas by 8:00 AM. Upon the conclusion of the tournament, vehicles and trailers may not enter until 10:00 AM and must be vacated from the property no later than 11:00 AM. Violating vehicle and trailer use rules may result in a yellow card against your team.

2017 Tournament Results

2016 Tournament Results