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It’s a bird…it’s a plane…no, it’s a fish???

12 Jul

Wesley and I, along with Papa Wes and our guide Mr. Ernie, headed out on a fishing adventure on the Missouri River. In less than an hour we returned with four 15-20 lbs. asian carp. The interesting thing is that we went fishing without poles. The fish just jumped in the boat. I know what you are thinking, no way. Right? I didn’t believe it when I was told that we were going fishing without poles. I thought they were kidding when they said that the fish would just jump in the boat. These fish don’t just jump…they fly.

As we eased the boat over into some of the coves, the fish started jumping. The first one that jumped in our boat hit Wesley right in head. It doesn’t sound so bad, but we weighed that fish in at about 15 lbs, which is about a fifth of his body weight. He was brave and we continued on until we had about four good-sized asian carp in the boat. No one knows what makes them jump (or fly). Some people think that the vibrations from the boat motor causes them to become irritated.

There are four kinds of asian carp in the US, bighead carp, black carp, grass carp and silver carp. We “caught” silver carp, which are native to China, but have been in the US since the 1970s. They can grow to over 70 lbs. and four feet in length.

For more info, go to:
http://fisc.er.usgs.gov/Carp_ID/html/hypophthalmichthys_molitrix.html
http://www.asiancarp.org/

Wanna see these fish jump, go to: http://www.fishingpixels.com/asiancarp1.html to watch a video of the jumping asian carp.


Here is a great quote that goes at the heart of the missionary spirit of the Church. Missions is not something that we do as Christians. It is something that we are.

He who is not a missionary Christian will be a missing Christian when the great day comes. Therefore, ask yourself daily what the Lord would have you to do in connection with the work of carrying the news of salvation to the perishing millions. — A.J. Gordon (1869)

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Posted by on July 12, 2006 in Family

 

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