S.A. Carp Frenzy

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S.A. Carp Frenzy

Postby Texas » Tue Mar 28, 2017 11:44 am

'We're still shaking our heads': SA Carp Frenzy reels in 16,000 fish in one day
ABC Riverland By Isabel Dayman
Updated Mon at 11:58am

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PHOTO: In nine hours, 16,660 carp were reeled in from Lake Bonney. (Facebook: SA Carp Frenzy)
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Organisers of South Australia's biggest carp fishing competition have been left reeling after more than 16,000 carp were pulled in from Barmera's Lake Bonney in just one day.

The SA Carp Frenzy has been running since 2013, but previous years have only seen final tallies of about 1,800 fish.

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PHOTO: Around 500 fishers took part in the 2017 SA Carp Frenzy. (Supplied: Kym Manning)
"They're very unexpected and quite amazing figures — we haven't even hit 2,000 [before]," SA Carp Frenzy organiser Kym Manning said.

"We had 500 fishermen and we actually pulled out 16,660 carp in nine hours.

"We were just astounded — there were so many little carp, you could barely keep your line in the water."
Carp numbers have exploded throughout the Murray-Darling Basin since a high flow event swept through the system late last year, creating perfect breeding conditions for the introduced species.

The bottom-feeders are often referred to as the rabbits of the river because they rip up and damage native underwater vegetation, reducing water quality, and suitable breeding habitats for native fish.

"They're like flies at the moment, there are so many of them," Mr Manning said.

"People were catching hundreds which is just ridiculous.

"We're still shaking our heads."

Mr Manning said he estimated the event had raised about $10,000, which would go towards funding projects developed by the local community.

He said the fish caught during the 2017 SA Carp Frenzy would be taken and used by fertiliser manufacturer Charlie Carp, as they are not good eating.

Carp Frenzy catch
PHOTO: A younger competitor gets creative with her fishing rod for the 2017 SA Carp Frenzy. (Supplied: Kym Manning)
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CC would be proud

Damn lot of mudsuckers
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Re: S.A. Carp Frenzy

Postby meppstas » Tue Mar 28, 2017 12:57 pm

That's not bad average of 33.2 fish per person.. Wow!!!

They normally have a few large skips there that they toss the carp into..
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Re: S.A. Carp Frenzy

Postby Weedle » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:11 pm

What are your thoughts on culling carp? are we actually making a difference? im looking forward to the honest and polite discussion. ;-) ;-) ;-)
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Re: S.A. Carp Frenzy

Postby Whiskers » Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:36 pm

Here we go again.

We'll get the whole range of informed, uninformed, idealistic and plain nut job comments.

If you want to get some factual information about the whole carp saga the following site is as good as any.
PestSmart

Time to send out for more popcorn.
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Re: S.A. Carp Frenzy

Postby Weedle » Tue Mar 28, 2017 2:14 pm

i was only stirring!
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Re: S.A. Carp Frenzy

Postby FishnMiss » Tue Mar 28, 2017 7:29 pm

Sorry I don't mean to keep Carping on the subject but doesn't this story sound a bit fishy :rofl:
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Re: S.A. Carp Frenzy

Postby Fish-cador » Tue Mar 28, 2017 9:40 pm

They should have invited CC. He single handedly cleaned up TNA. CC probably could caught more than that. :rofl:

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Re: S.A. Carp Frenzy

Postby laneends » Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:32 am

Past studies http://www.pestsmart.org.au/pest-animal-species/european-carp/ show immediate reduction from comps is typically less than 2%. So you can image just how many are actually there, and how quickly those taken will be replaced. Like cutting the lawn with nail clippers

Great for raising public awareness if nothing else.

One problem is anglers rarely catch the small ones, so many grow to breeding size


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