FINALS ARE THIS TUESDAY AUGUST 13TH!!
August 6th Results!! Back 9
Contest Winners: Closest to the Pin #8, Bobby Preece Closest to the Pin #12, Rick Gabbert Long Drive #7, Ferrell Sturgill Long Putt #14, Victor SweeneyLow Gross of the night with 36 was Joey Stepp.Low Net of the night with a 32 was John McDaris and Ronnie Wellman.Fewest Putts with 13 putts each was Charlie Curnutte, Dan Preece, Ronnie Wellman.and the sharp shooter with the most Greens in Regulation was Joey Stepp with 7.POINT LEADERS!! (as of 8/7/13)
1. Victor Swinney, 592. Clyde Adkins, 58.53. Jim Allen, 584. Tom Copley, 56.55. Dan Preece, 556. Charlie Curnutte, 54.57. Rick Gabbert, 52.58. Drew Waller, 529. Bobby Preece, 5110. Ronnie Wellman, 50.5Missy Kennedy, PGA Head Golf ProfessionalMissy.Kennedy@ky.gov
Some of thr carp grow to 100 lbs. or more
If you’re hungry and feel like eating fish, Ron Brooks has a suggestion — the speckled Amur.“These things taste better than tilapia. They taste better than most game species that we have,” said Brooks, fisheries director for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
The fish has won every taste test Brooks has conducted, even besting catfish.Their meat is also very clean, with less contaminants than any other game or rough fish in the state’s waterways, he said.What’s more, the speckled Amur is abundant in Kentucky’s lakes and rivers.The problem is, no one knows the fish as the speckled Amur. We call them Asian carp.The name (a collective for both the silver carp and bighead carp) has caused fishermen to shy away from getting out the fillet knife, since many confuse it with the common carp and its reputation as an unpalatable bottom-feeder.The strategy has been tried before, with success. Orange roughy, for instance, was once called slimehead, and the Patagonian toothfish has been given the more edible identity of Chilean sea bass.The rebranding of the fish, with a nod to the Amur River that runs along the Russia-China border, is one strategy being promoted to address the threat of the Asian carp, an invasive species being targeted for elimination in the state and its neighbors.Brooks, along with state Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer and other ag department officials, held a meeting in Lyon County this week to discuss the carp problem and plans to eliminate it.The silver and bighead carp, according to a Fish and Wildlife informational brochure, were brought into the U.S. from China in the 1970s.They were intended as a natural means of plankton control and water quality improvement in aquaculture and wastewater treatment ponds in the southeast.By the early 1980s, though, the fish had spread from those ponds into open public waterways in the Mississippi River basin.Asian carp are now found in the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio rivers, as well as their tributaries, Kentucky and Barkley lakes, and are threatening the Great Lakes.The threat comes as a combination of three factors: growth rate, reproduction and diet.Individual females have the potential to produce more than 700,000 eggs, according to Fish and Wildlife (KDFWR) data.
The Asian carp feed on algae and zooplankton and can eat up to 20 percent of their body weight per day.“Within a few months of hatching, Asian carp are already too large for most predator fish to consume,” the KDFWR release states.“By their second year of growth, they may weigh as much as 3 pounds. Bighead carp can ultimately reach weights in excess of 100 pounds.”Because they feed on plankton, the Asian carp are in direct competition with larval and juvenile sport fish and several other species, and because of their size, they tend to dominate those other species and cause their numbers to decline significantly.
“As a result, they are cause for great concern for both sport and commercial anglers,” the release continues.Apart from their takeover of the water, Asian carp also pose a physical risk to people on the water.The fish have the ability to leap several feet out of the water and tend to do so when startled by the vibration of boat motors.The state has received reports of anglers, jet-skiers and recreational boaters suffering broken bones or being knocked into the water after being struck by a jumping carp.While a national plan is in place to combat the Asian carp spread, all of the federal funding has gone toward stopping the species from entering the great lakes, with “zero for everybody else,” Brooks said Tuesday.KDFWR has been working with private processors, commercial fishing companies, legislators, foreign businesses and others to draw attention to the local problem.The KDFWR believes commercial fishing is currently the only effective way to remove or destroy enough of the fish to impact their numbers.A “Carp Madness” tournament held on the local lakes in March produced close to 83,000 pounds of fish in two days.
“It’s a drop in the bucket, folks,” Brooks said.The state is endorsing fish processors in Illinois and Kentucky that are exporting the fish to southeast Asia, where the meat is in demand, and converting the fish into fish meal for use in animal feeds and fertilizers.“The markets are there,” Brooks said. “The fish meal market is insatiable.”More processing facilities are being recruited to further impact the Asian carp population.“It’s the initial investment to get these things going that’s causing the problem,” he said.One investor from Alaska is looking to open a facility here, but is being held up in the permitting process, Brooks added.The state agriculture department is becoming involved in the process to make it easier for such firms to locate in the region.
“We’ll use every tool that we have in our toolbox at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture … to turn a problem into an asset,” Comer said.“We are aware of the situation and we want to help any way we can.”Brooks told the crowd that the problem could be conquered, but it needed to be dealt with as quickly as possible.“It’s going to break,” he said. “We’re going to get the commercial fishing that we need to get these things out of our waters.”The question, he said, is if they can be wiped out “before we have so much damage done that it’s going to be irrepairable.“It’s not as dire as it sounds if we do something,” he said. “It is as dire as it sounds if we don’t.”More information on the Asian carp situation is available at http://fw.ky.gov/asiancarpinky.asp.
By JARED NELSONThe Times Leader
August 1, 2013
July 30th Results!! Front 9
Closest to the Pin #3, Joey Stepp
Closest to the Pin #17, Jody Warf
Long Drive #4, Drew Waller
Long Putt #18, Jim AllenLow Gross of the night with 35 was Joey Stepp.Low Net of the night with a 32 was Jody Warf.Fewest Putts with 12 was Tom Copley.And the sharp shooter with the most Greens in Regulation was Joey Stepp with 8 greens.POINT LEADERS!! (as of 7/31/13)
1. Victor Swinney, 56.52. Clyde Adkins, 563. Tom Copley, 55.54. Jim Allen, 55.55. Dan Preece, 52.56. Drew Waller, 517. Charlie Curnutte, 50.58. Rick Gabbert, 48.59. Joe Stepp, 4810. Ron Wellman, 4711. Bobby Preece, 47Missy Kennedy, PGA Head Golf ProfessionalMissy.Kennedy@ky.govEagle Ridge Golf CourseYatesville Lake State Park(606) 673-4300 phone
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