Bow fishing one answer to Asian carp

Posted: Aug. 18, 2011 10:02 am Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 11:15 am

To The Herald-Whig:

I read with interest a brief article on Page 9A in Sunday's issue of The Herald-Whig.

Lt. Gov. Simon, accompanied by a group of local dignitaries, toured Quincy Bay by kayak last week.

During the tour, one of the escorts, Park District Commisioner Ridder, was "attacked" by an Asian carp.

When asked how to defend against such an attack, the commish replied, "Scream like a little schoolgirl."

With all due respect Mr. Commisioner, I have a better idea.

Buy a bow and arrow and join in the fight to rid our waterways of these and other invasive spiecies.

Urge your colleagues at the Park District to open Bob Bangert Park to bowfishing during high water when the park cannot be used for other purposes.

Perhaps the Park District may even want to support a bowfishing tournament on Quincy Bay some day.

These events are gaining popularity around the state. Some of the participants rival bass tournament fishermen in the pursuit of their hobby.

Lots of jokes have been made about boaters being struck by jumping carp. Some have even been seriously injured.

Sadly, this is not a laughing matter. Asian carp and their cousins pose a serious threat to our native species and to our waterways. They must be controlled

Gene East