It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a fish that sure doesn’t look like Superman. And the infamous flying Asian carp can keep soaring unmolested in the wilds of Bath – that’s in Cass County, well out of cell phone range – for a bit longer this year. Soggy weather has swollen the Illinois River to the point that the annual Redneck Fishing Tournament, usually held in late July or early August, has been postponed until Labor Day weekend, much to the disappointment of fishermen who can’t seem to afford fishing poles (banned in the tournament where dip nets, ax handles and baseball bats are tools of choice) but seem to have plenty of money for beer (very much tolerated). This will be the tenth annual event that has attracted worldwide attention to a fish that doesn’t belong in Illinois and only came here thanks to fish farmers who figured the finned pest would be a great way to control algae in catfish ponds way back in, well, a long time ago. Informed sources say that the postponement will provide more breeding and growth opportunities for a fish that is easily lulled into a false sense of security, and so hopes are high for a record catch.

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