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Radio waves: Pezalla on Chicago carp fishing

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Paul Pezalla talks with Joel Greenberg and me Monday afternoon about Chicago carp fishing on "Outside."

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Pezalla made an odd journey from academia to owning an international carp fishing business, Wacker Bait & Tackle. He talks about reasons for that journey and the Chicago Carp Classic next month.

This year's Chicago Carp Classic is Sept. 9-11 on the Chicago lakefront.

"Outside" airs from 4:30-5 p.m. Mondays on WKCC-FM (91.1) in Kankakee. Rebroadcasts of the show are at 12:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Laurel Soper, the web tech and digital media person for KCC, has put together a better podcast system set up here.

Otherwise, click here for online listening options.

There is a Facebook page for Outside with Dale Bowman and Joel Greenberg.

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I hope the Epsilon-minus carp-haters who always seem to chime in on this blog will take the time to listen to this thoughtful interview.

These points are worth repeating:

Common Carp, in and of themselves, cannot overpopulate a healthy body of water.

Carp can dominate certain ecosystems generally only after humans have done one or more of the following:

1) Caused excessive phosphate loading and otherwise degraded the water (Pollution).

2) Unbalanced the predator-prey relationship by excessive removal of carnivorous gamefish (Overfishing).

3) Engineered waters with dams and retention ponds to create eutrophic environments perfect for low oxygen-tolerant species (Overdevelopment).

Thanks to Paul, Dale and Joel for an interesting, if somewhat short, program.

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