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Canandaigua Trout Derby beats previous record

Saturday was the first day of the 40th annual Canandaigua Lake Trout Derby and the record for the biggest trout caught was shattered.

Justin Schwenzer of Dansville caught a 29.25 pound lake trout that beat the derby’s previous record of a 16.18 pound brown trout caught in 2016 by Les Breuer.

The prize for first place, won by Schwenzer, was $1,000, followed by John Axtell in second place winning $750 and Paul Sandroni in third place winning $500.

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Axtell caught a 12.26 pound brown trout and Sandroni caught a 12 pound trout.

The derby raises money for local organizations. Camp Good Days & Special Times, Mercy Flight Central and Naples Hospeace House each received a check for $5,000.

In total the derby has raised over $240,000 for local charities since it began.