yah i know its kind of sensitive issue around here, i have kept the numbers of carp i have taken down this year, and have spread out to several bodys of water to try to minimize my impact as well as i have been using a large amount of gizzard shad this year with success. i personally prefer to use the invasive/stabilized common carp species as bait for the alligator gar and i tend to leave the buffalo species alone for the most part since they are native. i like the carp, i enjoy catching them and having my family catch them i respect them and appreciate their lives and i have released allot of them this year as well since i prefer the smaller ones and i have fished just for fun for them. since i lived at the beach and spent allot of time offshore i learned pretty much every fish is just a baitfish for another bigger fish. i dont want to call carp a baitfish but to the alligator gar they are just that. right now gar are eating buffalo, gizzard shad, freshwater drum and common carp in lakes and rivers throughout Tx
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