WATERLOO — After finishing second last year, Jesse Tompkins of Geneva came back to win this year’s 49th annual Waterloo Rotary Club Carp Derby.
Tompkins won the $500 first prize Sunday with a carp weighing 45.72 pounds, almost 6 pounds heavier than the runner-up catch recorded by Greg Turri of Seneca Falls. Turri’s 39.8-pounder earned a check for $200.
Tompkins was runner-up in 2018 with a 39-pound, 11-ounce carp.
The trio of Lee Earp, Tom “Shorty” Finnerty and Shane O’Hora finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Tompkins said he caught his lunker in Seneca Lake, using traditional kernel corn bait. Turri caught his second-place carp not far from Oak Island, using a mixture of chicken gizzards and corn.
David Jansen of Clifton Springs won a $50 prize for the smallest fish, a carp that weighed a mere 0.7 pounds.
The Grumpy Old Men’s Club of Seneca Falls started the Carp Derby in 1980. Waterloo Rotary took over sponsorship of the event in 2008. This year’s event attracted more than 200 entrants.
Proceeds support Rotary community activities, including Camp Onseyawa, Trevor’s Gift backpack program and Waterloo High School college scholarships.
Rotary Past President Gina Suffredini thanked Waterloo village officials for providing the truck and Seneca Meadows for disposing of more than 400 fish. The event was co-chaired by Kyle Black and Kathy Sigrist.