The Redneck Fishing Tournament in Bath, Illinois has become something of a global phenomenon in recent years. Betty DeFord created the competition roughly a decade ago in an attempt to rid the town's river of an invasive species that's rapidly taking over. Bath runs along a 7-mile stretch of the Illinois River that has become overrun by Asian carp. The small town of Bath runs along a seven-mile branch of the Illinois River. DeFord said it used to be a prime fishing location, but that is no longer the case because the Asian carp have killed off large numbers of native fish that are more desirable to sportsmen. They also pose a significant threat to the boaters themselves. Asian carp leap out of the water when startled by loud noises such as boat engines.
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The Redneck Fishing Tournament is an annual event held on a channel of the Illinois River near the community of Bath, Illinois. The event is typically held during the first weekend in August and is specifically intended to decrease the population of silver carp, a species of Asian carp, in the river. Redneck Fishing Tournament - Flying Asian Silver Carp Redneck Fishing Tournament Fan Page* 13th Annual Redneck Fishing Tournament: Aug. 3rd- 4th.
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The event is typically held during the first weekend in August  and is specifically intended to decrease the population of silver carp , a species of Asian carp , in the river. Their size is of particular note, because the fish respond to vibrations from motors as boats move through water by jumping out of the water, potentially hitting and injuring boaters. Silver carp were among several species imported to the United States, notably to Arkansas, in the s as a way to reduce algae in commercial fishing ponds.
Contestants at a previous Redneck Fishing Tournament get the full flying fish experience on the Illinois River. It's a tournament where no one uses fishing poles and the fish literally jump in the boats, sometimes by the hundreds. Teams head onto the river for two heats each day to see who can get the most fish in their boats. The oddball competition attracts people from across the Midwest and, on occasion, from around the world.