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May 20, 2024 01:03:45   #
NJ219bands Loc: New Jersey
 
Went carping in 78 degrees Robert G Martin Lake this evening on a hot, sunny day with a light northeast wind. Threw out corn for chum, then caught 7 brown bullheads and a common carp with canned whole kernel corn. A snapping turtle 🐢 threw the hook, then escaped as I was pulling it onto the shore. I put my hand underwater, but didn’t feel the tail in the murky water. Carp were jumping. Fish were spawning near shore. Lost my 3 hook 4 lb test rig on a yank, then got it back when I landed the carp. Another fisherman arrived as I was leaving and caught a bluegill on a plug.



















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May 20, 2024 05:10:28   #
1Oldboat42 Loc: Kearney, Nebraska
 
It's always good to get a hook wet but even better when you get one back that you thought you would never see again.

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May 20, 2024 11:26:03   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
Did you cook up the brown bullhead?

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May 21, 2024 00:21:34   #
NJ219bands Loc: New Jersey
 
bapabear wrote:
Did you cook up the brown bullhead?


No, I don’t cook.

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May 21, 2024 10:51:56   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
NJ219bands wrote:
No, I don’t cook.


Interesting. I am on the opposite end of the scale. I take great pleasure in trying to make what is considered by some as uneatable, into a gourmet delight. Given my quest, I am very lucky to live near saltwater as well as rivers and lakes, where I have multiple critters and seaweeds to work with. Yellow bullhead are a target species this year. That is why I was looking for input. (I still haven't found a palatable common carp recipe.

Once again, great catch.

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May 21, 2024 18:59:10   #
holford24 Loc: central Indiana (elwood)
 
You can eat carp You got to get the mud vain out filet it soak in salt water over night plenty of salt rinse off next day and bake

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May 21, 2024 21:22:40   #
bapabear Loc: Blaine, Washington
 
holford24 wrote:
You can eat carp You got to get the mud vain out filet it soak in salt water over night plenty of salt rinse off next day and bake


I have not heard that approach. I will try that next time I go to carp country. Probably September at Banks Lake, Washington, east of the mountains
Thanks

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