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Miss-Lou Tours offers outdoors activity like fishing for jumping carp

Thomas Graning | The Natchez Democrat Trevor Fulmer and Landon Krueger wait with bows at the ready while hunting Asian carp on the Old River in Vidalia Friday. The anglers had a slow day on the waters Friday.
Thomas Graning | The Natchez Democrat
Trevor Fulmer and Landon Krueger wait with bows at the ready while hunting Asian carp on the Old River in Vidalia Friday. The anglers had a slow day on the waters Friday.

Vidalia — As TJ and Todd Fulmer found out Friday afternoon, fishing can be hit or miss.

Unfortunately for the young anglers, Friday was a miss when the duo went out on the lake with their grandfather, Lesley Floyd, and Jimmy Allgood of Miss-Lou Tours and Redneck Adventures.

The group went out to the Old River in Vidalia as part of a Miss-Lou tour Allgood provided for the Fulmer/ Floyd men, and the boys brought their compound bows out for a different type of fishing trip.

Allgood sailed out with the group in his Miss-Lou Tours boat, hoping to catch some fish out of water.

“When the Asian carp are jumping around the boat, to me it’s very thrilling,” Allgood said. “It’s a different type of outdoors adventure.”

Asian carp, an invasive species, are known for jumping as high as 10 feet out of water after being frightened by the sound and vibrations of motorboats.

“Everybody we take for the first time, they’re just in awe of it and to shoot these with bow and arrows is the icing on the cake,” Allgood said. “You’re going to shoot a lot more than you’re going to hit, I don’t care if you’re the top archer on the planet. A lot of it is luck, but it’s a blast.”

The fish’s leap can sometimes be dangerous, as the 5-20 pound fish can jump into a boat and hit fishermen in the face or its fins could cause cuts and bruises.

But fear didn’t consume the fishermen on the Old River, instead, TJ and Todd stood at the front of the boat, bows ready to fire at any sign of a lively fish.

As the boys looked out onto the Old River tentatively, every so often, one would yell, “I saw a carp,” and point in its general direction before Allgood would swerve the boat around the spot, hoping the motor would generate some action.

The action never came. But earlier this week, Allgood was on an Asian carp fishing trip with nearly 50 fish making their presence known in high fashion.

“They were jumping everywhere, it was amazing,” Allgood said. “The rain (we had this week) has played a major part in the fish not reacting the way they usually do.”

Todd said he has been carp fishing before, and he knows how exciting it can be.

“I still get surprised when one jumps out of nowhere,” he said.

The trip was one of many activities Miss-Lou Tours provides. Allgood schedules family and corporate outings all to experience the great outdoors.

Some of the trips include bass fishing, monster green light fishing, kayaking, wakeboarding and more.

Allgood said the purpose of the tours is to introduce people to nature at its best.

“We want to get folks of all walks of life in the outdoors,” Allgood said. “The abundance of wildlife and things that can be done in the Mississippi River, to the Old River and other areas is countless.”

For more information about Miss-Lou Tours, call Allgood at 601-597-6658, or email at redneckadventure@yahoo.com.

 

 

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