High water levels impact The Wild Carp Classic fishing tournament


BALDWINSVILLE, NY -- Dozens of skilled fisherman from around the country are gearing up for The Wild Carp Classic on the banks of the Seneca River and they are bracing for a tough time, because of the high water.

Barry McPeek and his daughter, Haley took the long trip from Easley, South Carolina.

"He drove a little over 900 miles takes about 13 hours," said McPeek.

He traveled to fish along the Seneca River in the Wild Carp Classic Tournament, along with dozens of teams from across the country.

It's all about endurance as there will be 66 hours of non-stop fishing.

"Sometimes they sleep and take turns sleeping because it's two or three people and sometimes people don't take any turns sleeping at all my husband is an example , he will stay up for most of the tournament," said Ginny Russell, director of the tournament.

Barry has been fishing with his daughter since she was old enough to walk.

"It's hard but it's easy because I know that if I need help he's always going to be there but then again it's hard because I want to impress him and do the best I can," explained Haley McPeek.

Paul Russell, co-director of the tournament, said safety is even more important this year because the water is so high.

"Now that there's more water in the river, trees, branches, and brush that's normally up on the bank that was never in play, now you have to look out for that fish swimming near a bush that's normally in dry land so it definitely brings challenges and you'll have to wear waders pretty much the whole time," explained Russell.

This makes it year 5 for the Stouts who came in from Indiana. They'd like to place in the top 5, but with extreme water levels, they won't risk their lives for trophy.

"We will not get in the water if it's too deep at the bank. The currents are too strong so we will perfect our netting from the bank but safety first. I want to go with home with my partner," said the Stouts.

Thursday drawing starts at 1 in the afternoon for the specific spot each team will have to fish along the Seneca River and then at 4 in the afternoon it's 66 hours of non- stop fishing until Sunday morning.

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