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Jeff Lampe

Jeff Lampe has been outdoor writer at the Journal Star in Peoria for 12 duck seasons. He lives in Elmwood with his wife Monica, sons Henry, Victor and Walter, and Llewellin setter Hawkeye. A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he is an avid fan of the Bills and still has mental scars from four consecutive Super Bowl losses. Outside of hunting and fishing, Lampe's main passion in Illinois was Class A boys basketball (which sadly no longer exists). Former publisher of the Class A Weekly newsletter, Lampe is a co-author of "100 Years of Madness" and "Classical Madness," both books focusing on prep basketball in Illinois.

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A Web log by Jeff Lampe of the Journal Star

Shooting carp in the dark is awesome

August 05, 2009 at 12:01 AM

I’ve got to admit, I was not all that fired up about going to shoot Asian carp last night on the Illinois River out of Chillicothe.

I’ve seen the show plenty of times. I’ve shot a few (and missed hundreds). I was tired after spending the morning fishing. I had a million excuses.

But none of that mattered once the sun set, the lights came on and the fish went crazy. Put simply, it was a ball. I really think Jon Sarver and Bill Ludolph are onto something with this night-time carp shooting deal they have going. I’ll be writing more about this soon and we’ll have a video up Thursday by Adam Gerik.

In a nutshell, what makes their version of carp-shooting fun is:

1. They have netting all the way around a pontoon boat so you feel safe. You still get hit some, but there’s just not as much fear of being blindsided and knocked out.

2. Shooting carp under the lights is just cool. You block out the rest of the usual river scenes and focus on carp. And the bigger carp seem to jump better after dark.

3. The draft beers are only .50 cents at Bananas, located at the boat ramp in Chillicothe.

More to come. Right now it’s time for bed. My arms hurt and I still have a fishy smell even after a long, hot shower.



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