Residents and out-of-towners are in and around Baldwinsville this week for one purpose: Wild Carp! Wild Carp week is underway with a number of tournaments taking place. Our Iris St. Meran spoke with a team that is participating in the festivities. She has more on why this has piqued their interest.
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BALDWINSVILLE, N.Y. -- The waters of the Seneca River welcomed ducks, birds and boaters. But the most anticipated guest of the water this week is the Wild Carp.
Wild Carp Companies Tournament Director Jason Bernhardt said, "It's considered the world's number one freshwater sport fish outside of the United States."
Anglers from around the states and Canada are putting their best bait forward in hopes of catching some carp. Jamie Godkin and Josh Carnright have been a team in the Wild Carp Classic for three years. They wouldn't divulge everything in their bait, but shared what usually gets them to bite.
Carnright said, "Oats and grits and some it's called Planko. It's a Japanese breadcrumb and just pack it up, put your flavors on it whether it's strawberry or banana. I'm probably giving out a lot here."
Reporter asks, "So, they like what we like?"
Carnright said, "Yeah, the rule of thumb is, if we like it, they're going like it."
Patience is also needed when it comes to catching Wild Carp. Once the water is baited, a fish can be caught immediately or a few hours later.
"We just usually sit here on our smart phones and wait for the alarms to go off," said Godkin.
And that’s what happened most of the morning, Sunday, but they're ready to reel the highly anticipated fish in when the time comes. And that is a team sport.
Carnright said, “It’s very important to trust your partner when you go into this event because he’s netting the fish when I’ fighting the fish.”
Sometimes, it may not even be carp, but catfish or bass, but that’s okay too.
“It’s about people catching fish having fun together,” said Jamie Godkin.
There's much more in store for Wild Carp week. The director says the public is more than welcomed to watch. For a schedule and more information, visit www.wildcarpcompanies.com