carp hunters… or why my brother is cooler than yours

Well… in this modern day and age… a lot of people find themselves in the spotlight for a brief moment: their 15 minutes of fame. Well my brother’s 15 minutes is probably way cooler than most others.

All of our lives, we have been water sports enthusiasts in my family. Tubing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding and water-skiing were popular Hoffman family pastimes. Carp hunting was created by my brother and his friend Nate, when the Asian Carp, which is an invasive species of fish, starting filling up the Illinois River. It wasn’t safe to do watersports anymore without getting nailed by these huge, ugly, jumping fish. So, they started wearing armor. Then using weapons. And the whole thing evolved into this madness.

Their youtube videos (which you can watch here and here) capapulted them into semi-fame in the cyber world, which led to phone calls and offers. Last night, it came to a culmination when they were featured on this show:

Zac has always been pretty extreme/crazy/ridiculous. And now he’s finally getting a small payoff for an extreme lack of fear.

Zac suiting up for battle

This was on my favorite scenes from the episode:

All in all, this has been a hilarious experience for my family. To us, this is just Zac being Zac. He’s always made up ridiculous games and lived a generally dangerous lifestyle. It’s fun to watch others get to see this crazy side and of course, it was fun to watch my dad hoot and holler so loudly that no one else could hear the tv.

I don’t know how long they keep the episodes up for, but as of now, you can watch the full episode here. (The part with the carp hunters doesn’t start until about 10 minutes in…)

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…

One thought on “carp hunters… or why my brother is cooler than yours

  1. The only downside to my viewing experience was that I didn’t get to watch your dad’s reaction to it! That, and the man who fished with remote controlled boats.

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