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Hoisting over 100 lbs of fish!!!!

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Carp have food and angling value that is celebrated in some parts of the world. The carp has not yet gained gamefish status in the U.S. and are considered garbage among bass fisherman. In Europe on the other hand they are a trophy fish and lake owners are prepared to pay as much as £4000 or $7500 dollars for 40lb carp if fisherman fish for them on a catch and release basis.


Carp taste similar to buffalo, so you can cook it the same way or heres  another recipe you might try:

Canned Carp

1 cup Salt (for soaking fish)
1 Teaspoon 'sea salt' per pint (or Dairy Salt)
       

Salt - Use only sea salt or dairy salt in the jars, other salt is okay for the brine solution Water.
Instructions
Prepare Ball brand or Kerr brand jars and closures according to instructions found in Canning Basics.
Clean the fish well, fillet and remove larger bones. Make sure all of the skin and all the kidney (Black strip inside body cavity )is removed. Wash well and put into the brine solution: Dissolve 1 cup salt in 1 gallon water to make brine.
Cut fish into chunks -about 1" to 1 1/2" pieces. Let soak in brine 1 hour. Drain for 10 minutes. Only process in half-pints or pints. Pack fish into hot jars, leaving 1-inch headspace. Add ½ teaspoon salt to half-pint and 1 Teaspoon salt to one pint jars.
Do not add liquid to jars. Wipe jar rims clean. Screw lids down evenly and firmly just until a point of resistance is met - fingertip tight.
Process half-pints and pints 1 hour and 40 minutes at 10 pounds pressure in a steam-pressure canner. May take more time or higher pressure if at higher altitude, a canning guide should give details.

Jackie and over 60 lbs of carp
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Who would have thought a small creek in Nashville , Ar. would have tons of hungry carp! Jackie Matthews  thats who.
Fishing with friends , they managed to catch over 200 lbs of carp in a couple of hours!
Minnows and worms were used to catch some of these giant fish of the south, but not before exchanging  3 reels and having to use heavy treble hooks, because the fish were bending the no. 7 eagle claw hooks and getting loose!
I  started with a zebco 33, they broke that, then a larger model, they broke that as well, The folks in Wal Marts sporting goods, finally said you gotta get a bigger reel! So one more exchange.... this time a open face zebco 808.
The fish were laying eggs at the time. they would eat anything that approched there nest. You could just toss a minnow out, and it the fight was on before the bait sank.

The real fight was getting those fish out of the water once you had then close to the bank.
......thats  where Muscle comes to play....   in order to get them ashore without breaking your rod or line. you had to grab them and hoist them  to the bank!   Jackie doesnt need a gym to work out in,,, just keep pulling in those moster carp!!!

~ TheRedNeckHunter~

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