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I went out yesterday not really expecting much. I have never bow fished in TN and wasn't sure where to go. I drove past a little shallow cove for school last semester and I decided to check it out. When I got down there the water was alive with spawning carp chasing each other all over the place. At least I assume they were spawning, the females were full of eggs and the males were in hot pursuit. I had a lot of shot opportunities and had a lot of fun. I did accidentally go for a swim but it was hot out so it was fine. I never understood why people would throw away a fish calling a trash fish when it was brought to North America as a food fish. So I cleaned and cooked some of the carp. It was good. I bled one of the fish and its meat looks the best. I will make sure to do that to the next ones I keep. I wasn't planning on keeping them but decided to give it a try. I made a mango curry and basmati rice, it was good enough my wife even ate some. 

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Nice!  I’ve tried smoked carp and it was ok, but never tried to fillet and cook one.   

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Well done Z 


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Originally Posted by ziplomacy
I never understood why people would throw away a fish calling a trash fish when it was brought to North America as a food fish. So I cleaned and cooked some of the carp. It was good. 

Good on you!

I don't quite care for carp but Bengalis are quite mad about a carp called rohu (Labeo rohita). Perhaps you may want to try one of their recipes. Mind you, they are pretty partial to mustard and all to the better in my opinion. ðŸ˜

If you have snakehead (another of the so called trash fish) in your area, be sure to keep them for the table.

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It's nice to see someone use reasoning and judgement in what they do.  Around here folks kill male feral hogs and don't touch them.  They say they stink up your house.  They do stink compared to a sow.  They don't stink when cooking one.  I'm on a roll.  I think the last 7 or 8 I've taken have all been boars.  I'd rather kill a sow just to take more reproduction out of the system but the boar still tastes fine.

As a flyfishermen I've never caught a carp or bowfished for one but if I do, I will try it.  Thanks

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Carp isn't  bad.  Eaten plenty in my life.  I like other  fish  better,  so haven't chased em in a while.  Carp that size on a fly rod is like catching bonefish.  Need lots of backing.

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I did too !

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