At the Redneck Fishing Tournament, the fish literally fly into the boats

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Earlier this month, a fishing tournament was held in Illinois which, for one, has a REALLY cool name.

The annual Redneck Fishing Tournament brought fishing enthusiasts from across the country to Bath, Illinois along the Illinois River to snatch Asian carp from the river.

Asian carp are frightened by the noise of motorboats and literally launch themselves out of the water as boats pass.

The boat crews then attempt to catch the carp as they fly through the air.

To see the participants catch the fish, watch the videos above by John Patterson.

Click or tap here to view a longer video of the event itself on YouTube, courtesy of Patterson.

The top team caught 346 fish in just two hours, according to organizer Nikki Gregerson, but that team wasn’t the biggest winner in the event.

One of the winners was the community, who came together for a weekend of fun including food, music and fishing fun.

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Another winner was the surrounding lakes and environment, as the main purpose of the event each year is to remove invasive Asian carp from the river that cause damage to the ecosystem of the Illinois River and the lakes of the region.

Gregerson said a total of 3,367 invasive carp weighing around 20,000 pounds were caught and taken to a processing plant.

The biggest winner of all might have been area veterans, as proceeds from the event were donated to homeless programs and other charities for Illinois veterans.

Gregerson said there was a global element to the event because a media crew from South Korea flew in and were part of the event’s coverage.

“It was a chance to reunite with old friends and make lots of new ones,” Gregerson said.

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