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THE ECOLOGY OF PARIS CREEK

Posted by Terry Smith on January 15, 2019 at 11:35 PM

The bio-diversity of Paris Creek has been compromised by the introduction of an invasive species - Cyprinus Carpio. This beast is more commonly known as the European Carp.

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Thankfully our Club has an ecologist/greeny who has made it his task to rid our section of Paris Creek of this blight on Australian waterways.

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Bob Tuohy has fearlessly attacked the Carp population with his fishing skills, gradually whittling away at the stranglehold that they have. The size of these beasts can be quite monstrous. They can also be quite sneaky. Unknowingly, Bob latched onto a monster that moved away slowly and dragged his tackle, rod, reel and all, into the dam without Bob noticing.

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The first hint of the drama that was about to unfold was when a strange object started floating away from the bank. This was the handle of Bob's rod which was, luckily, floatable. On realising what was happening, David Draper went into the water like a Bondi life-saver. Unfortunately he startled the denizen and it took off before David could reach the handle.

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The monster from the deep then proceeded to swim around the dam to show off his prowess in buggering off with a rod. Several boats tried to catch the rod on tneir keels but this was ineffective. The breeze was so slight that even if they had snagged it, they would not be able to drag it back to shore.

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The boats dropped away as the rod approached Eastern Island leaving only Bob's boat trailing after the rod. The rod came to a halt just off the western bank of Eastern Island and Bob very cunningly got his boat snarled on the island too.

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Time for me to do my Steve Irwin act. After a neck deep stroll over to Eastern Island I did a catch and release on Bob's boat. Then things got messy. There I was with a potential man-eater lurking about the submerged tree roots.

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'Crikey" I thought 'this may not be the best idea that I've ever had.' I retrieved the rod and passed it to Bob who was bravely watching from the bank. I then commenced tracing my way back to our aquatic nemesis by following the line. It ran over and under several snags before I ran out of slack. Then began an enormous struggle as I battled against the severely tensioned line. Just when I thought 'Crikey, if I have a heart attack right now things may be not very good' there was a sudden rush of line towards me.

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The line had snapped right at the hook. I reckon the wily beast had stuck the hook into a snag and buggered off, chuckling, while I fought against a tree root.

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Curse you foul, slimy beast of the depths. You haven't seen the last of me!

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