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Was fishing the Gasconade last weekend around Paydown access and spooked a school of Asian carp in a slew .   Scared the daylights out of me not expecting around eight Asian jumping about a foot out of the water right next to my boat. 

 

I hope those darn things don't impact the native fish in the river.

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On ‎9‎/‎30‎/‎2019 at 11:38 AM, Shoal Runner said:

Was fishing the Gasconade last weekend around Paydown access and spooked a school of Asian carp in a slew .   Scared the daylights out of me not expecting around eight Asian jumping about a foot out of the water right next to my boat. 

 

I hope those darn things don't impact the native fish in the river.

They've had to have been in there for years.  Nothing keeping them from coming up the Missouri.  Or this year for whatever reason they migrated up there.

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They do just fine in clear streams, which really worries me.  They are in nearly every pool on Joachim Creek almost up to De Soto.  I've seen them in Big River up to Bonne Terre.  Nobody knows what they'll end up doing to the ecology of these smaller, clearer streams, but I'd like to shoot the pinhead who allowed them to escape and the politicians that said it was okay to raise them.  Besides that, they are about the ugliest fish I've ever seen.

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  "I'd like to shoot the pinhead who allowed them to escape and the politicians that said it was okay to raise them"

-Al Agnew,

I couldn't agree more, in my view this was criminal, no punishment is harsh enough.

I imagine their spread will follow the pattern of other invasive species, a boom in population followed by some equilibrium. We can only hope the equilibrium resembles what existed prior to their arrival.

His father touches the Claw in spite of Kevin's warnings and breaks two legs just as a thunderstorm tears the house apart. Kevin runs away with the Claw. He becomes captain of the Greasy Bastard, a small ship carrying rubber goods between England and Burma. Michael Palin, Terry Jones, 1974

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1 hour ago, Al Agnew said:

but I'd like to shoot the pinhead who allowed them to escape and the politicians that said it was okay to raise them.  Besides that, they are about the ugliest fish I've ever seen.

I know that by the mid 90's they had already made it into Apple and Saline Creeks.  However, no one in a position of importance gave a darn until they began to threaten Lake Michigan almst a decade later......  Would a more proactive approach (if one was even possible) to this problem made a difference?  Who knows.  But the one thing for certain is that ignoring the problem did absolutely nothing except bolster the population.  

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3 hours ago, Greasy B said:

I imagine their spread will follow the pattern of other invasive species, a boom in population followed by some equilibrium. We can only hope the equilibrium resembles what existed prior to their arrival.

If it's anything like the lakes with tailwaters leading to the Mississippi in IL there could be literally millions of them.  Go over to Carlisle and see what's below that dam. 

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