Penn Yan Men Are Carp Kings

Travis Groet and Dave Rickerson of Penn Yan are Carp Kings.

They won the 33rd annual Carp Derby Sunday with a fish tipping the scales at 39lbs. They also reeled in the second and third place fish walking away with a total of $900 in prize money.

Last year the Yates County fishing friends also had the largest carp weighing 35.65 pounds.  

Groet and Rickerson say this year they let several 30 pound fish go, because they thought they would be to small to make the leader board.  They say they saw several fish that would have topped 50-pounds, but the biggest ones were not biting. They caught their fish in Seneca Lake.


Dave Rickerson and Travis Groet show off their winning fish. Photos by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio

The derby record is 42-pounds, the New York State Department of Enviormental Conservation's website list the state record for Common Carp at 50.6 pounds.


Paul Hussey of Victor took home a $50.00 prize for the smallest carp, his fish weighed in at .64 pounds.

 The Carp Derby is sponsored by the Waterloo Rotary Club.


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