Grand Slam Grass Carp

Grand Slam Grass Carp

Who would have known that seining fish could qualify as an extreme sport?

Back then, we hadn’t even heard the term “extreme sport.” It was the mid-1970s, and I was a wildlife management student at Arkansas State University. The university had an aquaculture operation just off campus, and in the ponds there, a fish recently imported from Asia was being studied to determine its usefulness in controlling aquatic vegetation.

That fish—the grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)—roughed me up on more than one occasion. I was cut, conked and cudgeled by carp. But in the end, I got a weird sort of revenge.

Allow me to explain.

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