Yesterday I learned that a 30+ inch common carp is a very different animal from a 30+ inch grass carp. The grassie, while capable of putting up a fairly vigorous fight, is not in the same class as the common.
This was new water for me. A shallow backwater off of the Tennessee River. Big water. With big fish. I'm going to have to rethink some things if I plan on fishing this water again. Which of course I do.