You should, at least once. Folks most places consider them trashfish.
Nope. After you cut off the heads and tails and fins and gut 'em, use
a pair of pliers (catfish skinning pliars work well) and pull the skin
off. Not tearing of chunks of meat is a good idea. ;-) After you
score them, and score them deep, both sides...cut them in 4-5 in
chunks...the tail piece is the best, IMO.
Seriously, try them. Carp feeds are big time around here, but you
don't have to get far from NW Mo before people think you are nutz.
Carp are fun as hell to catch...they fight like a bitch for a bit then
usually roll right in. If you don't have a net, grab them quick with a
thumb in the eye and a couple in the gills or they often go like hell
again. Easy to break a line on setting the hook, but I haven't had this
happen since using fireline/spiderwire stuff. Run your line thru an
egg sinker and anchor it about 18-24 inches above the hook with a
split, so it can slide thru the egg. Use a smallish treble baited with
a sweet type doughball, or straight hook with sweet corn. Carp have
small mouths. Give'em a bit to mouth the bait but be ready to have
them give it hell. Keep a fairly tight line so you can watch your tip.
More than once I've had to make a jump in the river to grab me rod.
Usually happens when you are tipping up the can, if you can imagine
Ahhhh.......nighttime, sandbar on the river, lantern light, cooler,
bucket-butt, copperheads.....good times!
Recipes for carp bait can be googled. They'll sometimes go for
nightcrawlers, but prefer sweet. I've also had good luck with anise
flavored bait. Big time fun in England.
Prepared bait is available here in Hicksville. ;-)
Fixing carp is easy. Get a large pot. Fill with water, put a half dozen or
so rocks on the bottom. Bring to boil. Add 1 large or several small carp.
Cut up as needed so they fit in pot. Add salt and pepper, not too much. Boil
for about 20 minutes - fish tend to cook fast. Discard carp, remove and eat
yeah yeah yeah.....similar to the old put a carp on a cedar plank and
bake for thirty minutes then toss the carp and eat the plank. ;-)
Seriously, if you ever had a proper carp, you would sing a different
Betcha never ate gar either. Easy and better'n you would think.
We have alligator gar around here. I've noted that many fisherman toss
them on the bank.
I've never caught one. Might consider spear fishing for one. I'm not
convinced an average fishing line would hold one with those teeth!
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a Son of a Bitch."
Yep. It is pretty quick after you get the hang of it.
BTW....if so inclined, both the roe sacs (female) and milt sacs (male)
are good eating...awfully rich, in particular the carp nuts. We
hillbillys like our oysters of any sorts. ;-)
Har har, says I. I can hear you snickerin' all the way out here in
the sticks, Mister Billy. You too, Fran.
The possibilities are numerous, aren't they. Ya'll should be gettin'
some good mileage outta this one.......at poor old CharlieCarp's
Methinks I got nuttin' here, absotootly nuttin.
I'm off to help younger son dig and set posts for a fence.
Harrumph......ya'll go right on ahead and have yer fun, sorry suckers
ya be. I'll be back!!!
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