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Old 06-26-2005, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I believe my friend caught a massive grass carp the other day based on his terrible camera phone pictures.

I have heard this is a non-native species and I am wondering what the deal is with them.

IT was much more slender than a common carp... not to mention freakishly huge. (about the length of his leg... hes 6' tall)

Anyhow, whats the deal with them... should he be tossing them on the bank or letting them go. HE said there were numerous in the lake, as he could see them feeding... but they spooked when he came by.


Mulberries are awesome bait BTW... :P
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Old 07-05-2005, 09:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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We would need a description or pic to tell for sure. Could it have been a bighead? Where was it caught?
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Old 07-05-2005, 10:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Grass carp are usually stocked for weed control. You need a permit to stock them and the numbers stocked are restricted so if it's not your pond, I would throw them back.
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Old 01-21-2006, 02:03 PM   #4 (permalink)
 
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LOL.. I was the one who caught the grass carp with Mulberries. I'm 6'6 and the fish was an easy 20+ lbs.. Wow one **** of a fight for sure. By far the biggest fish I have ever caught.
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Triploid grass carp are fish genitically altered so they cant reproduce. They are stocked into lakes for weed control, and grow very large.
Diploid grass carp are natural spawning fish, and live in many of our rivers. They dont seem to get as big. Triploids are protected, where diploids are considered a invasive fish. whatever they are, they fight like mad when hooked. One of the most powerful fish in the waters. The little Vermillion has alot of grass carp.
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Old 01-23-2006, 09:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
 
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My understanding of the Grass Carp is the same as EJoe's. For the most part let them go, they are usually put in somewhere for a purpose. I sure would like to catch one of those tanks someday, but nothing yet.
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