With less than two hours to go in the first day of the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament, on Friday, Joseph Greene of Waddington was experiencing a frustrating day.
He lost two nice-sized carp while fishing with his Reel Spinners teammates at Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg.
But things got better in lightning like fashion.
At 6:30 p.m. he landed a 27 4 oz carp and then beat the 8 p.m. deadline to land the Big Fish of Day at 28 pound 12 oz.
The two boisterous fish gave the young anglers 55 lbs, 14 oz and third place in a close race for the tournament’s Grand Champion Award which goes the angler landing the most weight in their best four fish over the two days of the tournament.
Green’s weight led a strong showing by the Reel Spinners team which also featured 42 pounds from Matt Greene who landed a 25-pounder , 41 pounds with a 26-pounder by Austin Delosh and 27 lbs pounds from Matt Delosh.
First day honors went to Noah Blair who landed three carp weighing 59 pounds from his peg at Brandy Brook in Waddington. Quinn Ames stood second after landing four carp weighing 56 pounds from a Route 131 peg in Massena.
Also in the thick of the race as the anglers change pegs for today’s concluding action is defending Grand Champion and two-time winner Mike Cummings who landed two carp weighing 49 pounds, 5 oz from Little Sucker Brook in Waddington. Cummings teammate from the Uppstrom’s Bait and Tackle Team, Tanner Uppstrom, took in three carp weighing 45 pounds from Little Sucker Brook.
Fishing at a Route 131, Massena peg Abby Warner landed three carp weighing 45 pounds, 15 oz.
The tournament anglers combined to catch 53 carp weighing 908 pounds in the first day of the tournament.
Today’s action will run from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. followed by an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. at Madrid-Waddington Central School.