Will someone catch a 45 pound carp this year?
Ted Ralston reeled in a 44.1 once carp last year to capture first place in the 36th annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby. Ralston caught his first place fish at the Oak Island bridge
The 37th annual Carp Derby will be on Sunday, June 11, at Oak Island. Fishing can take place anywhere in the Finger Lakes from sunrise till noon.
Weigh-in will be from noon to 3 p.m. Entry fee is $10 per person, $25 per family. You must be registered to win.
Mail with postmark no later than Thursday, June 8 or in person no later than Saturday, June 10 at Waterloo Village Office, 41 W. Main St. (open M-F 8:30-5); D&M Grocery, 14 Swift St., Waterloo; The Copy Shop, 105 Fall Street, Seneca Falls; or Rich & Vern’s, 64 Washington St., Waterloo.
Cash prizes will be awarded! $500 for first place, $250 for second, $150 for third and $100 for fourth. Fish that come in fifth through eighth will earn $50 each. The smallest carp will win $50 and 10 additional $25 winners will be drawn at random.
Rotarians and Interactors will staff a concession stand where food and drinks may be purchased. A 50/50 raffle will be held. Tickets are 6 for $5.
Only rod/reel fishing allowed. Must use fishhook to catch fish. All Carp must come from Finger Lakes waters open to carp fishing during the hours of the Derby. All participants must abide by all NY Fish & Boat Commissions rules and regulations at all times. Note: All harvested carp must be brought to weigh-in at Oak Island Park between 12:00 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. on June 12th. Fish must not be altered in any way. Limit 10 carp per person, 30 carp per family
For more information, or to register, go to the website www.fingerlakescarpderby.net.
All proceeds support Rotary’s Community Projects including literacy, Camp Onseyawa, and local food pantries.