Underappreciated Game Fish or Trash?

Yes, of course, we are talking about CARP. Not the invasive Asian variety that you always hear about, the common carp. A common misconception is that the common carp is an invasive species to our country and therefore should be shunned, killed, kicked off the hook, whatever, 'ewww dont touchie!' On the contrary, this fish was introduced to our waterways in the late 1800's as a food source, its been here longer than your precious brown trout and steelhead, longer than many other introduced game fish.

So why does everyone think they are trash? Well, for one, their thick tough scales can be cumbersome to remove when filleting and the meat doesn't taste as good as some of its peers. Two, the fish fights like an old boot. Three, they are bottom feeders. Four, they destroy habitats for other species. OK. Lets bust some of these myths and show you how to catch, in my opinion, the BEST, most accessible game fish Ontario has to offer.

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