33rd Annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby on June 9

Fishing in the Finger Lakes – can it get any better? How about fishing for cash prizes? It’s time for the 33nd annual Finger Lakes Carp Derby! This year’s event will be on Sunday, June 9, with weigh in from noon to 3 p.m. be at Oak Island in Waterloo sponsored by Waterloo Rotary Club. First place winner will receive $500 in cash, second place, $250; third place $150; and fourth place $100. Fifth through eighth place winners will receive $50 each, and the smallest carp also will receive $50.Chairman Doris Wolf said the carp derby is about more than money. It’s fun and can even be delicious. “Carp are the number one game fish in the world,” he said. “People in a lot of countries eat carp as a delicacy.” But the hundreds of carp caught each year in the Finger Lakes Carp Derby won’t be featured on menus in our local restaurants. Instead, they will be heaved into the back of a farmer’s truck who will use them to fertilize his fields. People are wondering how the unusual weather this spring will affect the number and size of the carp caught. Will more than 320 anglers compete? Will anyone beat the record 42.6 pound carp caught several years ago?Participants must pre register before 4 p.m. June 8. Registration is $10 per individual, $25 for immediate family. Mail registrations must be postmarked by June 6 and sent to Waterloo Rotary, PO Box 466, Waterloo 13165. Registrations also may be made in person before 4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Canal Side Experiences, 706 Waterloo Geneva Road, Waterloo; Nugent Hardware, 5 W. Main St. Waterloo or Mays Point Boat and Tackle, 3078 Clyde River Drive, Savannah.For more information, go to www. fingerlakescarpderby.net or call Doris Wolf at 315 539 8302.Donations from sponsors including Seneca Meadows and the sale of T-shirts, raffle tickets and hamburgers and hot dogs at the weigh in will help the Waterloo Rotary Club raise funds for its community projects. They include Camp Onseyawa, Literacy Volunteers, Cayuga-Seneca Action Program (CAP) Waterloo Library & Historical Society, Seneca County United Way, American Red Cross in the Finger Lakes and many youth activities. For information on how to become a Rotarian, go to www.waterloorotary7120.org or attend a meeting on Monday evening at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn.

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