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A noble use of a sword: Asian carp fishing

Asian carp, specifically the Bighead and Silver carp, are invasive species that have become a tremendous problem in the Mississippi River basin. Originally imported for fish farming and cleaning of municipal water systems, they soon escaped and have exploded in population. Think of them as kudzu with fins.

Click here for more background on the Asian carp problem.

If they manage to transit the canal locks between the Missisippi and the Great Lakes, the results could be disastrous.

Peoria Carp Hunters are a guide service that specializes in bow-fishing for carp. I’m not a huge fan of bow fishing normally, because catch and release is certainly not an option with an impaled fish. However, in the case of an invasive species with such a potential for destruction, there should be zero guilt for engaging in an orgy of fish destruction.

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That being said, you can eat them if you so desire. Unlike North American species, Asian carp are filter-feeders and thus you are not eating a bottom feeder with all of the associated toxin risk. From what I heard, they are reasonably good table-fare.

From the looks of the videos, a katana is an inefficient tool for harvesting carp. He does seem to connect occasionally however. In a different video, they use a net and a towed, floating basketball hoop. Personally, I would like to try the Wolverine glove.

As the Blogfather said in a Popular Mechanics article a while back, we should all do our part to eat invasive species. It is the least we can do, and a tasty way to do it.

 

Discussion

7 responses to ‘A noble use of a sword: Asian carp fishing

  1. Barefoot & blades does not mix – so get a pair of water socks before you slip on some crocs; better yet a water boot . . . however . . . if you are water skiing w/ a sword I am guessing you gave up on that whole safety thing.

    Is spear fishing ever legal in the US anywhere? That seems more effective than just about anything.

    Do these guys take on snakehead fish cuz I heard those are spreading too?

    • Snakehead are hard to control because they CAN FRICKIN’ WALK ON LAND!!

      These are brilliant videos promotion wise. The company is a bona fide guide service with good reviews. Obviously that was not something one would do with clients.

      I have done some dumb shituff on off days with fellow guides.

    • It’s legal, meaning I can’t find any law/regulation specifically banning it, everywhere in the US but there are restrictions on powerheads, bag limits, etc. in some places. Call your local DNR.

  2. I vaguely recall an episode of River Monsters where there was a gentleman hunting giant snakehead with a harpoon gun, the one he shot apparently suffered no ill effects from being impaled and later swam away. Of course… another fellow was not so lucky and was reportedly killed by his harpoon after shooting the fishy. Perhaps bowfishing could be catch and release, depending on the species. Those carp do look kinda squishy though.

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