WHAT A CATCH: Josh and Jacob Benz caught 28 carp from the creek.
WHAT A CATCH: Josh and Jacob Benz caught 28 carp from the creek.

Boys make staggering catch with one small tool

WHEN Megan Benz's sons returned home from helping her husband John, who manages a Karara property, they were covered in mud and in very high spirits.

John took the boys to feed the cattle and when he noticed the creek bed was low he suggested they take a net and scoop out carp.

Armed with just that net, Josh 14 and Jacob 11, collected a staggering 28 of the large fish.

"They were very excited and looked like little mud men, saying they were bigger than their legs," Mrs Benz said.

"They were very pleased with themselves."

Mrs Benz said her husband was happy to get rid of the fish, an introduced pest to Australian waterways.

"One good thing that's come from low water levels due to the drought is that now its easier to get rid of them because they choke out the waterhole," she said.

Carp muddy up waterways and make it an intolerable environment for other native fish, feeding on their eggs.

"Hopefully now when we do get water in the creeks, they won't return," she said.

"The key word there is hopefully, we'll see if that happens."

Mrs Benz said the boys love their fishing.

"They definitely thought the job was a lot more fun than helping their dad with the cattle feed."



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