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Romulus man takes Carp Derby title

Carp DerbyThere’s a new king fisher in town! Cory Jensen of Romulus spoiled Travis Groet’s bid for a three-peat in the Waterloo Rotary Carp Derby. Jensen’s fish, weighing 37.228 pounds was slightly more than a pound heavier than Groet’s 36.028 lunker. Jensen will take home $500, while Groet pocketed $250. Also, unlike in previous years, no fisher turned in more than one winning fish.Other winners were Kelly Maher, 33.748 pounds, $150; Nate Shumway, 32.512 pounds, $100 and Joe Ralston, 31.208 pounds, $50. Michael Benjamin won $50 for the smallest carp at 3.022 pounds.Groet said the fishing was more difficult this year because the waters are colder. The two winning fish were caught in Seneca Lake. “The fish aren’t as active this year,” Groet said. “And they are staying out deep.”Many successful participants fished around the locks in Waterloo and Seneca Falls, or off the boat launch on Oak Island. Corn was the bait of choice. Some families got up at 4 a.m. to get their lines in the water by 6 a.m.The first fish weighed were turned in by Wayne Hoad, who landed eight carp off the Oak Island boat launch.Carp DerbyRotarian Tim Lincoln said there were 263 registrations in this year’s derby, about the same as last year. Proceeds from the event support Rotary’s community service projects, including scholarships to high school and BOCES graduates, Camp Onseyawa, Little League and Trevor’s Gift.

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