Sunday, January 29, 2006

Gone Fishin'


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?)

30 comments:

Ben Heller said...

WOW !!!

Somebody's gonna get hurt. Those are crazy fish.

Kamikazi Carp dive bombing the boats.

Ranea said...

With fish like that there's no need for TNT just a catcher's mit.

Metal Mark said...

That is crazy. I have always though of fishing being a laid back activity, but I guess you would have to be more alert around these fish.

Anelize said...

Just when you think you've heard it all....

:P fuzzbox said...

ben: It seemed amusing in the story that the fish could jump with such force that they could even decapitate themselves. How handy that they could even take part of the trouble of cleaning them away. But that would leave a pretty good mark if they hit you on the noggin.

ranea: TnT - sport fishing at it's finest.

mark: Wonder if they have it posted to be where of flying fish.

anelize: As if Killer Bees, Fire ants, Salt Ceder, and Love Bugs aren't enough now we have fish bent on the destruction of watercraft. It keeps life amusing. Doesn't it?

siren said...

It makes fishing more of a competitive sport at least :)

CT said...

crazy ass fish!!!

angel, jr. said...

Were those fish every used as a form of torture?

:P fuzzbox said...

siren: It would be cool to stand at the front of the boat with a shield and a spear. Medievel Fisherman. A new form of Tournement Fishing.

ct: Damn Straight!!!

angel jr: That would be against the Geneva Convention. "Talk or you jump with the fishes."

cleveland said...

being a redneck myself i wonder if you just sent a boat out by its self if you could catch a boat full of fish this maybe worth a try

Jim said...

It's actually worse than first thought. Several species of Asian cats native to China have escaped from local Taco Bells and are making themselves a pain in the ass. According to Thom Furlyne, a cat biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey,' The silver cat is the real jumper of the four Asian cat species. These cats seem to hate cars and they'll jump completely out of the water when a car is going by, apparently in response to talk radio.'

:P fuzzbox said...

cleveland: Remote Control fishing. That could be an idea that's time has come.

jim: Maybe Taco Bell could bring back the Chihuahua to round up those damn cats. Yo quero el gato!!

ozymandiaz said...

With my luck fishing, I'm the guy who goes down that river and not a single damn fish will jump.

The Phoenix said...

Wow...looks so dangerous.

But it could also be a whole new type of fishing...dodge fishing!

Laura:) said...

Lol, sounds like fun to me! I say lets all do it NAKED!!!

:P fuzzbox said...

ozy: Sounds like you have the same luck fishing as I do.

phoenix: I wonder what kind of ratings that show would get.

smiling laura: Woo Hoo!!! That's the best idea yet. Thanks for dropping by.

Crazy Dan said...

that video looks like one of those axe comercials. You think its the axe spray that works or the fact thsoe guys are taking a shower??

Ann Alsex said...

I'm with Laura :D When is the next fishing trip?

David Amulet said...

I don't think there is any danger of your Beauty v. the Beast post going away -- why would they remove a funny post?

Have you heard the one about the fish who tried to adjust his underwater equalizer?

-- david

:P fuzzbox said...

cd: I wonder if that is how the Hoff did it in that video.

ann: I'm up for it whenever.

david: I'll bite. No I haven't.

Shay said...

My idea of a perfect fishing trip is to take a boat out onto the ocean/lake - strip down, lazy in the sun with a book/music/conversational friends and then go home and pick up some salmon from the grocery store ^_~

I guess we commune with nature a little differently...

whoami929 said...

I haven't fished in years. Can I come? I'll make sandwiches.

:P fuzzbox said...

shay: Sounds like an excellent way to get back to nature.

whoami: Sounds like if I can get the idea floated past Angry Joyce. This could be one hell of a First Annual Blugstuff Fishing Trip.

ella m. said...

The whole concept sound like an Atari era video game...Clubber rather than Frogger.

(Although in true 80's video game fashion all of the male protagonists would be sporting Rambo style bandannas for no apparent reason)

:P fuzzbox said...

ella: I hadn't thought of that. Perhaps it would even work as a 'Joust' type of game, where you had to scoop up caviar before they turned into kamikaze carp.

David Amulet said...

Answer: He had to turn up the treble because all he could hear was bass.

(This is the danger of having a ten-year-old niece. Most jokes she passes on are even worse. Yes, really.)

-- david

:P fuzzbox said...

That is freaking hilarious. I must be sick because that is actually make me snort with laughter.

Rocky said...

Fuzz, great fishing post. I'd like to see these carp try to pull that shit in Minnesota while I'm ice fishing. I'd get a kick out of watching them do headers into the bottom of the ice.

:P fuzzbox said...

rocky: That is some funny shit. Crank up a motor and crack open a brew and let the good times roll.

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