Got a friend that can’t seem to land a fish? Find these waters and let the fish do the rest.
We’ve all got a friend who can’t ever seem to catch a fish. Just look around your group of friends and there’s probably a guy who never seems to reel in anything but the bait. If you’re thinking about your fishing friends and can’t seem to think of anyone, I have some bad news for you…
If this is the case there is a fishing spot that can make anyone feel like a master angler. Just make sure to tidy up the boat before you leave.
Watch this video to see this fishing hot spot in full force.
Bring a pole or people will get start getting suspicious when you tell them you’re going fishing.
The fish species in the video are the much talked about Asian silver carp. Their story is a great example of what can happen when a foreign species is introduced into an ecosystem.
These fish were imported from Asia in the 1970s to stock private ponds in the southern United States. Sure enough they escaped the ponds and found their way into the river systems. After that it was only a matter of time before their population explosion began.
Today, scenes like in the video are pretty common in certain stretches of river. At certain places their population can be as high as 4,000 fish per square mile. Due to the population explosion of silver carp, oftentimes native fish populations have suffered. Native fish caught in waters infested with the Asian carp have been observed as generally thinner due to decreased food supply. Not only are the native fish thinner, their populations are believe to be lower as well.
Currently there is no real plan to control the exploding silver carp population. States have basically dropped all regulations on catching these fish to little or no effect. Kentucky even hosted a commercial fishing tournament in 2013 as a means to make a dent in the population. During that tournament, commercial fishermen hauled in a whopping 83,953 pounds of silver carp in just two days. The end result had no real impact on the long term population however.
Today these fish sit poised to enter the Great Lakes ecosystem, a situation that could be devastating. Unless we are able to discover a way to effectively control these fish, we may just have to get adjusted to life with flying carp. When life gives you lemons make lemonade, and when life gives you carp make pickled carp I suppose.