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mbinkley at earthling_net (Mark Binkley): Re: NANFA-- edible non-game fish- Carp

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From: mbinkley at earthling_net (Mark Binkley)
To: nanfa at aquaria_net
Subject: Re: NANFA-- edible non-game fish- Carp
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 1997 08:48:41 -0600
Message-ID: <afea941501021004155e@[]>

>I have caught darters with micro fly hooks baited with worm bits, but
>never on artificials.  What a challenge!
>My stepfather ate carp in fish chowders quite regularly while growing up
>in Fitchburg, MA.  He said it was pretty tasty.  I've never eaten carp,
>but I'm sure that they can't be as bad as the press they get.
>One EXCELLENT nongame eating fish no one knows about (this will also
>appear in an upcoming "Dipnetter" article of mine) is the bigmouth
>sleeper, Gobiomorus dormitor.  I used to catch 20" specimens on bass
>plugs from the brackish canals in Miami when I lived there in the '70's.
>My wife and I think that sleepers are FINE eating.  ~Vince~

As I understand from my brother, a member of the "Carp Angler's Group",
carp was originally introduced into this country by the government as a
FOOD fish.  Apparently it got a bad reputation as the rivers and lakes
became polluted and silted over the last century.  The fish was later
blamed for muddying the water by rooting in the bottom, though this was
actually caused by the removal of vegetation along the banks and the
channelization of natural waters.  The carp is still grown as a food fish
in Europe and is considered a game fish in England where it is one of the
largest freshwater species present.  In fact this Carp Angler's Group was
founded by some British guys who discovered that the carp grow even
in this country and are practically unfished.  I also understand that
are harvested by commercial fishers in this country for sale on the East
coast.  Anyone tried one lately?  :)

On another note, There was an article in a publication of the Ohio Sea
(read 'Lake Erie') Grant, here at OSU, about the Sheephead or freshwater
drum as a food fish.  Apparently it is quite tasty and cheap!

Mark Binkley
Columbus, Ohio, USA
mbinkley at earthling_net


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