WFJ Episode 1, Part 3: The Redneck Fishing Tournament

WFJ Episode 1, Part 3: The Redneck Fishing Tournament
WFJ Episode 1, Part 3: The Redneck Fishing Tournament
What do raging grannies and rednecks have in common? One enemy: Asian carp.Let's back up a step. Asian carp were initially introduced to North American waters as a natural way to clean up pond vegetation. Unfortunately, these pernicious fish are incredibly invasive, and will quickly overpower local fish populations. They are gradually making their way through America's rivers and lakes, and if they hit the Great Lakes, things could get nasty for the abundance of local fish that call those waters home.Asian carp are also extremely sensitive to the vibration a boat creates in the water and tend to react by shooting out of the water, inspiring a legion of YouTube videos, and some innovative hunting strategies by local anglers (look up "asian carp bowhunting" - you won't be sorry).This is where Betty DeFord comes in. Frustrated that she could no longer take her grandchildren out on the local river in Bath, Illinois, DeFore came up with a novel solution to the carp problem: create a tournament just for catching carp.That was in 2005. Today, the Redneck Fishing Tournament attracts anglers from across the region and even inspired WFN to sign up our own team of carp-huntin' anglers for the 2013 event.Love this story? WFN's producers were inspired to create a little web-exclusive video that captures the spirit of the day: A Musical Tribute to Flying Carp

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