On our honeymoon, my new hubby, Barry, and I stopped in Colorado Springs and rented trout fishing equipment to try our hand (very unsuccessfully) at this kind of fishing. At least annually, we returned from where-ever we were living (St. Louis, Mo.; Carlsbad, California; Rochester, New York) to Minnesota, dragging three growing children to the lake - first my parent's home on Lake Vermillion and after that my brother's cottage on Lake Comfort - to swim and fish and to hand-down the family culture.
then, I began to change. In the summer at our cottage, I caught a small sunfish that had swallowed the hook. I cut the line and put him back in the water but I was fulled of apprehension. How could he possibly survive with a hook in his gullet? Barry said it would disintegrate but I wondered how long that would take. Half-heartedly, I put my hook back in the water, uncertain I wanted catch another fish.
Now I was having real trouble fishing. At first, I hid it. I would put a small worm on my hook, hoping it was an unappealing meal to any fish. Then I began putting my hook in the water with no bait on it, exclaiming on the best of luck Barry was having when he caught a fish. I didn't wish to upset our unspoken contract, our mutual culture. But soon, it became evident. We would go kayaking and I would leave my fishing rod untouched. "I'll just explore," I would say, paddling around. "You fish as long as you want.".
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Asian carp are an invasive species that in threatening Midwest rivers and the Fantastic Lakes. There are three types of Asian carp: black, silver, and bighead carp. Bighead and silver carp eat animal and plant plankton. They can grow as large as 110 pounds. This is the fantastic problem. They eat so much while growing to their large size, that they strip the ecosystem of the food source for native fish. The black carp on the other hand, consume mollusks. In this case, they threaten different levels of the food web. Black carp can grow over 100 pounds.
The reason Asian carp are a problem is that they eat the same food the native fish eat. Thus they come in direct competition in the ecosystem. Not only do they bring havoc to the native populations, they are also a skittish fish. If they are started by a boat motor they may jump, as high as ten feet. They can land in a boat or hit a person and damage the boat or the person.
As of 2013, it was discovered that there are some Asian carp in the Fantastic Lakes. This has caused concern as they may compete with native fish and cause a decline of them. There are many species of fish there that are on the endangered or threatened lists, and the addition of carp to the Fantastic Lakes can threaten these species much more. As already mentioned, jumping carp surprised by the sound of boat motors, can cause damage to the equipment or people. This threatens recreational sports and boats, whether the boats are privately owned, or rented out through industrial establishments.