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Carp are King in the Finger Lakes

38-pounds, 7.5 ounces. That’s the size of the winning carp caught Sunday in the 27th annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby. Bret Siegrist of Dresden reeled in the big fish to take the top prize. He caught the fish in Seneca Lake near the power plant in Dresden.Todd Weaver of Penn Yan placed second with a fish weighing 32 pounds 6-and-half ounces. He too caught his fish in Dresden. Both the large fish were released after the derby back into the Cayuga-Seneca Canal. Kelly Marr of Waterloo was third with a fish tipping the scales at 31.16 pounds. Fromer derby winner and the angler that holds the all time derby record Tom Grasek of Romulus placed fourth with a fish weighing 29.78. In 1999 Grasek’s winning fish was the largest in the derby’s history at 43.6 pounds.Craig McKown of Clifton Springs was 5th with a fish weighing 29.65 pounds.Joe Law of Waterloo placed 6th. His fish weighed 28.79 pounds.Seventh place went to Bill Major of Waterloo with a fish weighing 28.45 pounds.Terry Baity of Seneca Falls placed eight with a fish weighing 28.23 pounds.9-year old Jacob Gonyeau of Red Creek caught the smallest carp. His catch weighed in at .167 pounds.567-people fished in this year’s derby.

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