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The name of the game is to boat as many fish as possible in two hours. Photos by Chris Young.

Carp slayers come from far and wide to Redneck Fishing Tournament

August 05, 2011 at 11:45 PM

The State Journal-Register

BATH—The word about Asian carp must be getting out.

The annual Redneck Fishing Tournament, held every summer in the town of Bath on the Illinois River, is drawing participants from both coasts to help local residents catch as many invasive Asian carp as possible this weekend.

And have a good time in the process.

Asian bighead and silver carp have been invading the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers since they escaped in the southern United States and started moving north years ago.

The carp jump out of the water when startled by boat motors, and news reports and YouTube videos attract would-be carp slayers to Bath each year.

“When I first showed the video to people at work, nobody believed I would go through with it,” said Dan Bontrager of Newport Beach, Calif.

Many tournament participants come dressed for combat, wearing hockey masks, goggles, helmets, and carrying shields (re-purposed trashcan lids are the most common).

Among those at the tournament in Bath Friday were three women from Boston in tiaras, tutus and sashes proclaiming them Carp Queens. A woman from Idaho wore a rubber chicken strapped to the top of her helmet.

“We always have people from all over,” said Betty DeFord, manager of The Boat Tavern in Bath.

“That’s what this has always been about, educating the public,” she said. “And I think we’ve done a heck of a good job.”

This is the tournament’s seventh year.

The two-day event opened Friday afternoon with 57 boats leaving from the shore in front of the tavern.

Today’s first heat, launching at 1 p.m., has 64 boats already signed up.

The carp were cooperating, thanks to dropping water levels that made conditions optimal.

“It gets bigger every year,” DeFord said. “The water is low this year, and that’s why we have so many boats.”

Participants mostly use nets to catch the carp, which can be a hazard to boaters.

DeFord said it is important to see the carp problem first-hand – even if it is during an event that is supposed to be fun. The lesson is to keep the invasive fish out of any other rivers.

“You actually see this problem, and you are living this just like we do with a fish jumping up and smacking you,” she said. “Your water sports are done, plus they are messing with the ecosystem.”

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With only half of the boats in Friday’s first heat checked in, two pickup truck loadsof Asian carp already had been carted off.

“They are going to be buried,” said Jamie Ebbert, DeFord’s daughter. “No one wants them, and we have nowhere to take them, so they become fertilizer.”

“We’re making a very, very small dent in the fish we are taking out of here,” DeFord said. “It’s a small part, but we’re doing our part.”

Chris Young can be reached at 788-1528.

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IF any of you do go to Bath, don’t drink the water.

Because my mommy always told me NOT to drink bath water.  8^)

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