These fishermen are jumping at the chance to catch these flying fish and get them out of the water for good.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
The first days of fall feature some cool mornings with weather fit for fishing, but local anglers hit a snag, thanks to an invasive species of carp.
Now, they're jumping at the chance to catch these flying fish and get them out of the water for good.
"They're just getting out of control," said Jeremy Ertman, a tournament organizer and fisherman. "So, anything we can do, we're going to try."
The Missouri River Boat Club's carp contest has anglers teaming up to hook an invasive species. They say jumping carp are mowing down the river's regular inhabitants.
"Tens of thousands, easy," said Ertman.
With the river overflowing with these bottom-feeders, it's not hard to spot them jumping out of the water. On one of Ertman's first trips, the fish were literally flying into his boat.
"It's actually kind of dangerous," said Ertman.
So, by whatever means they can, Ertman and his crew try to tackle these airborne beasts.
They were given a special one day pass to use these nets by the Iowa DNR today to try to catch these fish because they're considered to be such a nuisance.
In the early morning hours, the low-flying fish tested the crew's reflexes.
"They're not jumping nearly as high, a lot of them aren't even jumping, they're just kind of skimming the water," said DeBoom.
When the fish aren't biting, their approach is altered.
"Try to find a spot in the water where there isn't any movement, where it's really, really still water," said DeBoom. "Then you slow the boat down and trim the motor up a little bit, so it makes as much noise as it possibly can."
Once the waters warm up, more fish will come to the party. That's why Ertman's crew set up a small dinghy behind their motor boat: to give the fish another place to land.
"It seems that they jump in the wake a little more than they jump in front of the boat. But it won't be long and you'll have plenty in the boat," said Ertman.
And as they race to fill these buckets and head to shore, they know there's still more to reel in.
This fishing trip netted about 675 pounds of carp. The first time they went out this year, they had more than 6,000 pounds.
They're hoping to have four tournaments to catch these carp next year.
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