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Anglers hoping to eliminate a few invasive Asian carp at the 10th annual Redneck Fishing Tournament in central Illinois will have to wait until Labor Day Weekend.

The charity event in the village of Bath has been postponed because of high water and flooding along the Illinois River. It was originally scheduled to open Aug. 7.

The tournament's main rule bars fishing poles. Instead, participants use nets and their hands to grab the fish as they leap into the air.

Proceeds are donated to a group that helps homeless veterans.

The invasive carp have made their way up the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

Scientists say the fish could destabilize food chains and harm a $7 billion sport fishing industry if they reach the Great Lakes.

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