Sunday, January 29, 2006
I must have to admit that I am not the most ambitious of fisherman. My idea of a perfect fishing trip is to set a trotline early in the day, go back to camp and drink beer, pitch washers, and grill up some grub, and then go back late that evening or the next morning (depending upon the quantity of beer that I have consumed.) For quite a while I haven't had the time to do any fishing of any kind.
But I have come across a type of fishing that I must try. In the Mississippi-Missouri River basin, several species of Asian carp native to China have escaped fish farms and are making themselves a pain in the ass. According to Duane Chapman, a fish biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey,' The silver carp is the real jumper of the four Asian carp species. These fish seem to hate boats and they'll jump completely out of the water when a boat is going by, apparently in response to the engine noise.'
They are so numerous in certain rivers that boaters have had to start carrying trash can lids and other solid items as C.D.D.s or Carp Deflection Devices as these big fish that can get up to four feet long and weigh up to 70 pounds. That is one hell of a fish to come hurtling through the water and peg a boater. Here is a link to a video of the havoc inducing fish and also a link to Snopes.com that contains a video of a similar fish in Brazil and is where I came across the story.
Yes once again the sheer brilliance of man comes shining through and introduces some pain in the ass critter that will wreak havoc on not only the environment but to the citizens of that eco-system. But damn that looks like some mighty easy fishing. Hell I bet you wouldn't even have to put down your beer to club one of these damned fish when it jumped into your boat.
(At last check my guest post was still up over at Beauty vs. The Beast. Thanks to all those that went and commented; no matter how you sided. If you haven't ; then what are you waiting for?)