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#904857 - 09/08/08 03:34 PM Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often
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Flying Fish Breaks Arkansas Teen's Jaw



LITTLE ROCK, Ark. It's a fishing tale that packs a wallop so strong it broke the jaw of a southeastern Arkansas teen and covered him in fish blood and guts.

Seth Russell, 15, of Crossett, was cruising Lake Chicot on a large inner tube towed by a boat when a Silver Asian carp leaped from the water and smacked him in the face. Seth was knocked unconscious.

"He doesn't remember anything at all," the boy's mother, Linda Russell, said last week. "He was laughing, and the next thing he remembers, he is waking in a hospital."

The teen has had oral surgery to wire several teeth together and still experiences back pain that doctors attribute to whiplash from the high-speed collision, his mother said.

He's not the only one who's has a run-in with the "flying" Silver Asian carp.

"They do not fly, but they are quite good jumpers," said Carole Engle, director of aquaculture and the fisheries center at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. "Over the past year, we have had some calls about fish jumping and causing injuries on Lake Chicot.

"Their jumping behavior is a problem, and their population appears to be growing there," Engle said.

Silver Asian carp were first imported to the United States in the 1970s. Catfish farmers brought them here to remove algae and other suspended matter from their ponds. The Environmental Protection Agency started a program allowing cities to use the fish to help clean the water in sewer treatment plant ponds.



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#904923 - 09/08/08 04:22 PM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: Taylor]
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They should have never let them in the country.......... just like alot of other nuisances we have to deal with..
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#904985 - 09/08/08 04:52 PM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: Hillbilly Hunter]
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I was channel surfing a couple weeks ago and there was some Fish and Wildlife guys doing some electro shocking. I think it was on the upper Mississippi. They said the sound of a boat motor makes em jump. There were literally thousands of them jumping as they motored up the river. Really sad.
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#905104 - 09/08/08 05:58 PM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: go_okfishin]
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Anything on the Mississippi or connected to it is full of those things.
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#905333 - 09/08/08 08:17 PM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: MFBAB]
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Obion river has them also!
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#905763 - 09/08/08 11:22 PM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: Viper (tp)]
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If there's a silver lining, this is the only one. Looks like a ball!

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#905867 - 09/09/08 06:31 AM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: gil1]
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Seen that, Gil.

I like extreme carp shotgunning...alas illegal...but it would get rid of a ton of 'em.
You could call it "skarp", "sporting carps"...

Repeatedly, you ask those who are willing to talk about the problem...and I have been asking for years...and many come up with the same solution...find a market.

Several have ideas/commercial ventures out there, but evidently none have caught on.

For a long time I asked, what about the Asian carp? What about the Asian carp? Nobody wanted to say, and the reason evidently was that nothing could/can be done. Run its course and see what happens.

Heard they have caught 'em at Pickwick. and Kentucky Lake is next if not already.

Imagine Memorial Day weekend at Yellow Creek/Pickwick with these things and the jet skis.

Some say they have to have the stronger currrents to successfully spawn...don't know about that, either.

Dunno.

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#906644 - 09/09/08 04:07 PM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: Taylor]
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Guess I better take the body armor with me this weekend. We're fishing our last 2 day club tourney of the year this weekend at Lake Chicot!
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#907138 - 09/09/08 08:57 PM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: mossyhorns300]
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They jump at the sound of motors...that doesn't apply to trolling motors, does it?

I guess they can't hit me if I stay on the bank. \:D
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#907535 - 09/10/08 08:12 AM Re: Asian carp...wonder it doesn't happen more often [Re: Taylor]
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Wow!!!!!!
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