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#12281431 - 06/06/17 02:14 PM Eating Carp
dmunsie Offline
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Registered: 04/27/02
Posts: 2010
Just for the record, I know several dfw anglers who fish for Carp using expensive Euro gear (like myself) and like eat fish! And yes...we do EAT carp once in a while. They taste frickin great when they are prepared correctly...and here's the main point.....when taken from good quality water locations and when they are around 4-8lbs max in size. And that's where it gets fun, because's hard to find and catch carp in that size range. lol..

Here's a few tips if you want to try Carp some time:

Do not harvest them from any part of the Trinity river. I don't care if you're fishing north or south, just skip it.

Stick to harvesting carp from the main reservoirs. The water quality is superior and you will simply get a better quality fish.

Smaller the better. Release anything over 10lbs, just don't even think about it.'s actually hard to catch the smaller sized carp. But you'll be rewarded with a better tasting fish and will be worth the wait.

Note: When cleaning Carp, remove the darker red meat areas, if they are present.

Because their meat can be a tad more oily than other fish, I recommend placing Carp on the grill! Scale em, gut em, fillet them but leave the skin on one side. Grill skin side down, baste with lemon, lime, jalapeno, butter, teriyaki, mesquite, bbq, etc, etc. When eating them (pick chunks out with a fork) be careful because there are plenty of bones. I do NOT recommend this style of eating carp for children, just don't do it.

If you want to go the deep fry route, which can be very good as well. Fillet the meat and then score the fillets to break up the small bones a bit, don't cut all the way through the meat, you just want to make several cuts so the batter and oil goes through the meat which will help soften/dissolve the bones so you can eat them without having to worry so much about the bones. slowly. Older kids can eat these, but be careful.

Optionally...for a brighter taste...before cooking using either method, after filleting the fish soak the fillets in 7-up, beer, buttermilk, etc, for a bit, maybe a couple of hours or so. I do this for catfish once in a while as well.

There are a couple of locations on the Carp fillet which are 100% boneless. If you want to clean carp and only eat the 100% boneless parts of the fish, here's a decent video which shows you the sections of the fillet that are boneless.

#12281733 - 06/06/17 05:03 PM Re: Eating Carp [Re: dmunsie]
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Registered: 09/10/09
Posts: 2888
Loc: Brownsboro, Tx
They make cooked I a pressure cooker they make a nice pattie using any salmon recipe.

* They are good cooked in a pressure cooker. Use the meat for aNY salmon patty recipe.

Edited by Dawson Hefner (06/06/17 05:04 PM)
Edit Reason: Thanks auto correct for making me look iliterate.
Licensed guide Dawson Hefner
Guided rod and reel fishing trips for Alligator gar on the Trinity River

#12282362 - 06/07/17 12:03 AM Re: Eating Carp [Re: Dawson Hefner]
dmunsie Offline
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Registered: 04/27/02
Posts: 2010
Originally Posted By: Dawson Hefner
* They are good cooked in a pressure cooker. Use the meat for aNY salmon patty recipe.

Never tried any fish in my pressure cooker yet. Might give it a spin, thx.

#12282566 - 06/07/17 08:10 AM Re: Eating Carp [Re: dmunsie]
rickt300 Offline
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Registered: 01/25/01
Posts: 1304
Loc: Alvarado, Tx, Johnson
Locally I would rate the Brazos river and lakes impounded on it as having very good water quality. One exception would be Granbury.

#12282675 - 06/07/17 09:14 AM Re: Eating Carp [Re: Dawson Hefner]
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Originally Posted By: Dawson Hefner
they make a nice pattie using any salmon recipe.

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#12294849 - 06/14/17 09:17 PM Re: Eating Carp [Re: dmunsie]
cmc Offline

Registered: 04/29/10
Posts: 182
Loc: Graham to Arlington
I ate them as a kid and they were always made into patties after being pressure cooked.

If you want smaller size fish up to ten pounds go to lake bardwell, I've never caught one over 10 pounds and a 5-6 hour trip usually yields 8-10 fish pretty easy and all will be 5-8 pounds.


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