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hammercarp


I just banked one today that was 39 inches long and 29 inches in girth. It weighed a shade over 39 lbs. Got any like that in BC?
wild

Hi all,

there is bigger carp in Hatzik lake.You will need a boat.

good luck !
Catch:

Thats one fat fish!
I know a lot of people around these parts hate carp! I've seen lots of people just kill them over the years. Back in the 1990's I did see a lot more of them around. Biggest I've seen was around the 10 pound range.
hammercarp

That ain't nothin. Check these guys out. It is outrageously funny but at the same time, there is a lot wrong here.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yhfd9dIkXEk
smokin

the only good carp is a dead carp
JOY

Nice Carp.
Thanks for share your Big BC Carp.
Catch:

I know we did try carp when I was a kid and it tasted very very bad! So I have tried it. (worst fish we had ever had) It was from a local place in the fraser valley that we hooked it. It could have just been a bad fish... We have never wanted to try it again since then.

I really don't see them around in the old place's we would catch them at anymore. Which really does not bother me. I rather catch the cuttys anyway.

Not so sure about the need of fancy setups and or bait for carp. We hooked tons when I was a kid, on just worms, junky little rods, a hook and a bit of lead. lol

I really can't count the times I saw people in the 1990's just knife them and let them die. So many folks hated them for eating the salmon and cutty eggs and fry back then. I'm sure by the sounds of it people still do the same thing now.

Maybe next time I hook one, I'll have to try eating it again. We'll see. Or I'll just drop it by for you MrGrey.
hammercarp

Is there no fishing from shore in Hatzik Lake?
hammercarp

Here's one of many videos on cleaning carp.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_2A3avgHOo&list=FLycV9GjlVA4rGjBvbM3_41g&index=18&feature=plpp_video
smokin

you obviously dont fish for steelhead mr grey. Enjoy eating crap, I mean carp

now now, smokin. to each his own. mr grey1 is not the only one in the world who considers carp a delicacy if done properly. (i have never tried one and doubt i will but....)and if you follow this site , which you do, you would know mr grey1 does fish for salmon etc, incl in the salt water. he does happen to share his exploits, often with lots of criticism. you should try posting a bit more since you fish so much as confirmed by mzmann.quit hiding all that knowledge!!!
the moderator
the moderator
mzmann

im pretty sure that he just might have caught a few more Coho and steelies that you have had in the last few years considering he fishes them pretty much full time lol......some (many actually) just prefer not to post the "proof" as there really is no need to if one doesn't feel like it.....or if one prefers not to be scrutinized and picked apart for whatever reasons as we have all seen happen way too many times on these forums....each to their own.
cagey

ok beak007. how are you such an expert.? have you ever eaten one or is your post its usual no nothing useless garbage?
hammercarp

MrGrey1
I enjoyed your pictures from Europe. One thing carp angling has brought me is a broadening of my horizons and has exposed me to people from all across the globe.
hammercarp

I will thank you.
smokin


this is what a real fish looks like
smokin


summer run
smokin


coho, another real sport fish
smokin


bull trout
smokin


spring
smokin


rainbow
smokin


pfff. lets see em then. And not mill lake broods
Catch:

nice fish
mzmann

hmmm, thats a pretty good lookin rod in that Coho shot smoking....thinkin thats the one I got from ya no?.....really liking that shot of the bow as well!

Yes to each their own on the whole catching/eating carp subject but I as well don't think I could ever bring myself to eat one.....they just remind me way too much of the big ugly suckers I used to catch back in AB when river and sometimes lake fishing.....now on that same note im sure myself and most likely many others...if we were served it battered/done right and never told what it was or were told it was something else then its also quite possible that one might like it....I would just never admit it is all, LOL......yes it is indeed a big fishery in Europe and such....but not so much here and quite frankly when we have so many other and much better sport fish to catch around here why one would waste their time on them here is beyond me. I know some others will disagree and each to their own but thats just how I feel on em...no thanks, lol....then again I also much more enjoy the pursuit of a fish as well....walking the rivers/streams and finding them or out in a boat trolling/spin casting and trying to stay active in the pursuit rather than basically just throwing a big ball of bait down and just sitting and waiting.....just not near as fun or enjoyable for me is all, unless its the odd time out for sturgeon of course as I have only been out twice for them and did have an absolute blast.

Again, to each their own!

Cheers
hammercarp

mzmann
Yes carp fishing can be more like trapping than hunting but you can also stalk carp. They will give themselves away by rolling or jumping and they will cause bubbles to rise to the surface when feeding. You can then pitch your bait gently out to them or take them on the fly. Either way the fight is a lot of fun. When you hook them in shallow water they will quite often jump. Something that most guys don't expect to see.
mzmann

yeah i hear ya hammercarp and im sure the fight can indeed be fun, just not really my cup of tea to catch suckers is all, lol.
Failure to Launch...

For those who have never fished for or caught a carp i suggest giving it a try one day. They are indeed a very hard species to catch at times and will be very picky. But when you hook one hold on, reel screaming 100 yard runs and then hold like a big spring. A 4-6 lb carp will give you a run for your money on a medium/light spinning rod.

If you can manage to get one on the fly then your in for a riot, carp are also nicknamed a poor mans bonefish... can't afford to go fish for bones on the flats then hit the sloughs and hook a carp and you'll understand where this saying comes from.

We used to "cheat" when we were younger and gently lob a bait ball/hook with our fly rods to catch them on our 5-6wts. Get some reel screaming runs into your backing which will bring a smile to anyones face regardless of what species is on the other end.

As much as i love my cutties and trout on the fly, i love looking down to see my backing flying off the reel like no tomorrow.
cagey

if you are c+r'ing who cares what they look like. i remember catching some big broots as a kid..........wow did they fight !


ps nice fish smokin ! keep posting !
mzmann

Yes, I suppose you're right Cagey with the whole who cares what they look like if one is just c&r......it just doesn't feel the same to me when catching them I guess is what im saying.....call me a salmon & trout snob I guess, (or pike and walleye snob as well at times when I was back in AB) lol
NRootski

where do you fish for carp in the lower mainland
Fish'n BC

I learned that these alien carp are not only invasive to our native fish, but are also invasive to our wetland birds via extensive destruction of their habitat as well.

If you want to farm them in your backyard ponds...all the power to you, but no one has the right to illegaly release them into BC lakes and rivers regardless of what they think of them. IMO those that are here through unlawful means should be removed.

Not sure if I could get into fishing or eating them, but will probably give it a try anyway just to say been there done that.
hammercarp

wild Suggested Hatzik lake.
fisher 696

Burnaby lake has a few big ones.....South side, look for the feeding channels.
wild

Hi,

Another good place for carp is Surgeon Slough in Maple Ridge.Check this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxNXgQFmdog

Good luck !
hammercarp


Here's one at 38 & 1/2. A bit longer than the 39 but not as fat.
Fish'n BC

Hammercarp; where are you catching these things? They don't get much bigger than 10 lbs here in BC.
G.A.

holly..that 1 vid...lol..hilla billy dum ass drunks at their best it looks like. awesome example of why our fisheries is a mess. idiot drunks like those.,dont have drinking laws i take it down there in a boat...no offence to anyone here, vid was a sad expample of fishing or ettiquite to me
Hi Speed


this one came out of winfield b.c.
hammercarp

The young guys smile says it all. Carp fishing is just plain fun.
hammercarp


Do guys catch any of these. The wily, sometimes elusive and dangerous ( if you're a soggy piece of bread ) feral goldfish.
Fish'n BC

Well, I have a large backyard pond with a couple of these in it. Wouldn't think of harming them though. It's enough I have to keep those coons and Great Blue Herons from fishing for them, but I've caught my older daughter out there with a fishing pole too...I guess I don't have as many pond fish as I used to.

Anyway my (then) 6yo daughter caught her first trout last thanksgiving with a spinning rod and has been addicted to trout fishing ever since, we even spend quality time hunting for worms. Good news for the pond fish...I think...lol.
hammercarp

Good story, I guess your pets have a less stressful life now.
I saw an osprey get a gold fish a couple of years ago. It is a wonder any of them survive with the range of predators out there and goldfish being so visible.
wild

Hi,

Last week I got some big carps in MacDonalds park , exit 104 north from HW1.
wild

Hi MrGrey,

Because I respect you for your postings ,I will answer: I was in 2 evenings(after work) and I got some nice ones (with corn).I haven't seen you but be sure that I will say hi, if I see you around.
hammercarp

MrGrey, Nice set up and a very carpy looking spot.
hammercarp

Looks like a good bite alarm. I like the ones powered by the 9v batteries. You get very good battery life.
jaredthefisher

Where do i go to catch carp
cagey

read all of the above posts. there are several spots mentioned.
allovereveryday

not thirty nine i call bull



let's not get into this..... it does not serve any purpose.
the moderator
Fish'n BC

I think that is back east or down south somewhere, but he won't give the location. They only get to about 10 lbs in BC.
buzzbomb

I think you‘ll find larger carp in some of the larger lakes in the OK. Fishin‘ Canada did a show in Osoyoos and they had some good ones, and a poster from Penticton said on an English carp forum (a long time ago) that he was seeing some real torpedos under the docks. The lake in Sask I usually fish is about 75 sq mi and varies in depth from 2 to 30m and manages to support a good population of carp to 40 lbs as well as a first class walleye, pike, and perch fishery and a commercial whitefish and cisco industry. The native buffalo fish were commercial fished to near depletion until the mid-sixties and now they‘re making a comeback despite sharing the same areas as the carp. There are a lot of misconceptions out there and a lot of generalizations - I think each body of water has it‘s own story. Is the Columbia a dead river? I‘m given to understand that‘s how most of your carp came up from the US in the first place. I hope not, because I‘m heading to Trail in a couple of days and may want to find some fish.
cutfisher

"They only get to about 10 lbs in BC." Fish the right spots in the LML and you'll find them well over 10 lbs.
Fish'n BC

They don't get much bigger than 10 lbs here, according to the documents on invasive alien spiecies I read. I understood they got in the Columbia, because some idiots tried stocking a lake down south and the containment nets failed.


cutfisher- if you can catch a carp in the LML that is well over 10 lbs: show us the pictures, I'm sure some people here would like to see them.
buzzbomb

Carp aren‘t native to Sask, but buffalo fish are. Carp came up through river systems crossing the border as long ago as 150 years, and it was a little more involved than a few idiots stocking a lake, it was a US government program to introduce carp as an easily sustainable food fish over a large part of the country. I think Bowman and Viola had some well into the mid 20‘s on that Fishin‘ Canada OK carp episode. That must of been 3 or 4 years ago, but the ones I‘ve seen in the OK river and a couple of small lakes do seem to top out at #10 lbs. Since pre-baiting is illegal in BC carp fishing might be a bit of a crap-shoot on the big waters, (access is always an issue away from home)so if I wanted to look for a trophy sized one I‘d check out docks where pleasure boaters might have been feeding them.
cutfisher

Check out Sumas River (at the rest stop off of #1, MacDonald Park at 3 rd BTW it is a gay stroll area that the city of Abbotsford has quite a few complaints about, Sumas drainage canal, Hope slough and a bunch of other sloughs to name a few spots out in Chilliwack. My personal best is a couple of ounces over 18 lbs, 12 - 15 pounders can be had regularly,no pics though, I don't post pics for asshats to pick apart which seems to happen on most sites. You'll have to catch your own to see them that big. Bollies, homemade dough balls with blood mixed in corn and even dew worms have been producers.
Fish'n BC

Ok, not having heard of buffalo fish...I had to look it up. Apparently it is a sucker of the Ictiobus family that looks alot like a carp and gets as big as them. They are normaly found in the southern states, Buffalo MN is named after them. Buffalo fish carry the Haff disease and have infected people who have fried and eaten them all over the states. They are supposed to be difficult to catch, but put up a good fight when they do.

Just some trivia.
patrick j guertin


MrGrey!

Hammercarp gave me a link to this thread. I can't seem to message you through the portal on here as there doesn't seem to be an option to do so!

I had one last night and my buddy Raymon lost one. Poor guy...waiting for the pic's from him. But here's one from a week ago.

You can also check me and the crew out at dirtyhaul.com and www.facebook.com/PatGuertinsDirtyhaulcom.

You can also find Clayton Johns Gold Scale Carp Club at
www.facebook.com/GoldScaleCarpClub

It would be cool to meet up with you and do a few sessions.

All the Best,

Patrick

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