Joseph Greene at Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg, with one of the carp that helped him win the Grand Champion title in this year’s St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament.
WADDINGTON – A-13 year-old Waddington boy brought home $2,300 in cash awards at the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament.
Joseph Greene, 13, of Waddington, pulled in four carp weighing a total of 78 pounds, to make him the Grand Champion of the tournament and win the top $1,500 prize.
His fish also placed him first in the boys 11-14 years of age category, adding another $800 to his winnings. And, he caught the biggest fish of the tournament: a 28-pound, 12-ounce carp reeled in at Lighthouse Point in Ogdensburg. Greene fished as part of the Reel Spinners team.
The tournament is catch-and-release, so all carp were returned to the St. Lawrence River. Kids fished from Massena to Ogdensburg for two days, after an opening ceremony and tips from the Mort Backus & Sons Carp School.
The 96 contestants, from ages 11 to 18, caught a total of 122 fish that totaled a little over 1,919 pounds. Awards and prizes were given out Saturday evening at Madrid-Waddington Central School, during a ceremony emceed by longtime tournament volunteer and supporter Tom Nesbitt of Norwood. Matt Conger of Ogdensburg was this year’s Grand Marshal.
Other big fish winners in their age categories were Kate Rushlo, 12, Gouverneur, with a 26- pound, 1-ounce carp; David Plumador, 15, Lisbon, 24 pounds, 14 ounces; and Jessica Payne, 15, Lisbon, 25 pounds, 13 ounces.
Teams and Good Sports
In the teams division, first prize went to Reel Spinners: Austin Delosh, 14, Matthew Delosh, 16, both of Madrid, and Mathew Greene, 11 and Grand Champion Joseph Greene, both of Waddington. The team had a combined fish weight of just over 197 pounds.
Second place team was Haggett’s: Bobby Voss, 12, Norwood; Isaac Barkley, 15, Norfolk; Alexander Pond, 12, Jordan, NY; and Kate Rushlo. Uppstrom's Bait & Tackle’s Senior Team placed third: Tanner Uppstrom, 16, Madrid, Jeff Mott, 18, Waddington and Mike Cummings, 18, Madrid.
Bryaunna Murray, 17, Massena; Matt Greene; and Ariana Ramsay, 14, Potsdam won Good Sportsmanship awards. Good Effort awards went to Nathan Brothers, 13, Madrid; Kaitlyn Reynolds, 15, Lisbon; and Bethany Gilbert, 17, Hannawa Falls.
Girls 11-14 Division
First Place: Abby Warner, 14, Canton, top four fish totaling 57 pounds, 14 ounces.
• Second Place: Ariadna Bogden, 13, Endicott, NY, 55 pounds, 14 ounces.
•Third Place: Breanna Bouchey, 14, Lisbon, 54 pounds, 10 ounces.
Boys 11-14 Division
• First Place: Joseph Greene, top fish totaling 78 pounds.
• Second Place: Quinn Ames, 13, Constantia, NY, 71 pounds, six ounces.
• Third Place: Bobby Voss, 54 pounds, 11 ounces.
Girls 15-18 Division
• First Place: Hanna Hawkins, 16, Chase Mills, top fish totaling 51 pounds, two ounces.
• Second Place: Jessica Payne, 15, Lisbon, 43 pounds, 12 ounces.
• Third Place: Bryaunna Murray, 27 pounds, one ounce.
Boys 15-18 Division
• First Place: Noah Blair, 16, Waddington, top fish totaling 74 pounds, 14 ounces.
• Second Place: David Plumador, 54 pounds, 13 ounces.
• Third Place: Mike Cummings, 49 pounds, five ounces.
• Kayla Dinneen, 11, Waddington, and Noah Blair, 16, Waddington.
First Fish Caught
Ariadna Bogden; Travis Stephenson, 17, Potsdam.
Last Fish Caught
Bryuanna Murray, Noah Blair.
Most Fish Overall
Quinn Ames, with 10 fish caught over the two days.
Adults with Kids Competition
First place, Jason Adle of Potsdam with a 22-pound, eight-ounce fish; second place, Vincent Dominy, Potsdam, with a 15-pound, three-ounce fish.