Saturday, June 4, 2011

Trip Report - 5/31 - America's Continuing Love Affair with Carp


My day ends like this:  An elderly woman, easily 70, was fishing next to the boat ramp and she greeted me with a friendly wave as my canoe glided in to a stop.

"Were they bitin' today?"

"Yes maam, I managed a few."

"What were you fishing for?"

"Carp."

Long uncomfortable pause as her disdain went to seed and then sprouted full grown from her wrinkled old nose.

"Why in the world would you fish for those?" she said in a tone of voice that might have led anyone within earshot of this exchange to assume that not only was I fishing for carp, but I was using live kittens as bait.

"Well, they fight hard and they're fun to catch."

More uncomfortable silence. More disdain. Then finally...

"I like panfish myself."

With that she reeled in her bobber at warp speed and walked away.

Awesome.

17 comments:

McTage said...

I am stunned you didnt get THE question. "You don't EAT them do you??" Which would actually be kinda offensive if I did in fact eat them but instead is hilarious.

John Montana said...

Been there man. Cracks me up.

Jay said...

Awesome indeed. What is this "fun to catch" you speak of? I thought we were just here to fill a fryin' pan.

e.m.b. said...

POW! --> stick chuckling....love this post!

Ty said...

McTage, I bet she beats me to death on the spot with her rod butt if she thought I ate them.

John, I had a very hard time keeping a straight face. LMAO once I was safely in my car though.

Yep Jay, she was definitely there for supper, which is cool with me. I love a big plate of fried 'gills or crappie as much as the next guy. I think all the carp talk kinda killed her appetite though.

Thanks Erin! Very much appreciate your comments.

Gregg said...

Here people will hook a carp, or large native sucker and be as excited as any angler can be, swearing they have caught the largest trout in the water there, only to bring it in and start the expletives, all this after having the time of their lives far longer than a trout would provide. I will never, ever, understand this. I don't know, but people in Ga. may think the same about grinnel, mudfish, bowfin, whatever it is called in your parts, or other hard fighting non desirable species. By the way, spent time on the Chattahooche while polishing boots at Ft. Benning in the evening with a pal and a spincast rod, we caught new sunfish (to me) and found fossils in the clay bank behind us. Good times.

Gregg

Ty said...

Don't understand that either, Gregg. Don't understand it all.

So you spent some time on the Hooch, huh? Big carp in there. I got some info recently on some nice carp flats. Gonna check it out this summer. Lemme know if you're ever down this way and we'll hit a flat or two.

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