A few months back I saw the episode of Zeb Hogan's "Monster Fish" about the invasive silver carp that are causing all sorts of damage on the Illinois River. The motor from a boat startles the non-indigenous bastards, causing them to leap out of the water and soar through the air in a manic frenzy. The fish has caused plenty of concern to both ecologists and recreational anglers and is raising even more concern as it threatens to invade Lake Michigan. And they're reproducing at alarming rates. The inner-sportsman inside of me is lusting to try bowfishing the species, which can grow in the 20 to 35-pound range.
Alas, a bowfishing guide service out of Peoria, Illinois, has come up with a badass way to fight the menacing fish that involves armor, water skis, and samurai swords. The key is to this non-conventional angling method is to keep your balance on water skis and hold the tow-line with one hand while using a free arm to slice and dice the fish with the sword. The silver carp will inevitably leap from water as a result of the boat's wake, so all the water skier has to do use their inner-Zorro and make impact with the sword. Sign me up! Check out a video innovative hybrid angling method after the jump.
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, here's a little video about carp gone wild...
Hat Tip: Deadspin