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River: South Platte - Downtown Denver
Fish: Common Carp

River Carp

Post By: ass bass or cash      Posted: 4/17/2020 9:04:19 PM     Points: 2117    
While practing good "social distancing etiquette" recently, I moved away from bass fishing a pond that was getting a bit crowded, to the adjacent S. Platte river that no one was fishing. I haven't fished rivers for years so I was ill prepared but spent some quality time there anyway. I noticed large carp, much larger than in the ponds that I usually catch, much more active and not "spooked" by my presence or by the lure hitting the water. Same species, common carp, totally different behavior from the pond 50ft away. Any tips for fishing for these river beasts not related to fly fishing? Will corn on a hook on a heavy weight work like it does in the pond where I usually catch them? I assume I would need to use higher test braid with the size and pull of current, plus they just might be stronger fish? I'd like to go back and target them a little better prepared. Might be my first MA carp catch since I seem to be stuck on the 16" - 24" size in the ponds lately. Any carp positive suggestions are welcome and appreciated!
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 4/17/2020 9:26:09 PM     Points: 138
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/17/2020 11:18:52 PM     Points: 10266
Make a dough out of ground up corn flakes and powdered strawberry "Quick" . . . .the stuff you put in milk . . .and a small amount of water.
 Reply by: SirGreg88      Posted: 4/17/2020 11:32:35 PM     Points: 138
I saw on Diners, Drive Throughs and Dives a place in Omaha called Joe Tess Place. They gut the Carp and just chop it into quarters, bread it and fry it in super hot oil .The bones soften or liquefy. You just eat it bones and all. Never thought Carp was something to eat but we stopped there on a family vacation and my wife and kids hardly ate anything. I got Carp and it was absolutely delicious. Lots of leftovers in the cooler which I ate for days.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/18/2020 5:42:43 AM     Points: 10266
How to cook Carp: Gut and clean fish. Get a piece of pine board a little bigger than the Carp.Nail Carp to board and bake till Carp fall off plank . . . . .let Carp fall off board . . . . .eat board (take nail out first)
In Europe Carp are standard table fair and a highly sought after game fish . . .
Hint . . .when cleanning Carp . . .skin the fish and remove the dark vein that run the length of the fish . . .thats the "bad" tasting part.
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