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Ok, all you carp experts out there, please settle this once and for all. Are they edible, are they good on the table, and if so

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  • Michael Zimny
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    Originally posted by DakotaMan View Post
    Regular carp taste like crap. Bighead carp and grass carp that are now taking over the Mississippi/Missouri rivers are GREAT to eat. We had a cook-off with a blind taste test among walleye, red snapper, grouper and these carp. Many preferred the carp above the others. I still favor grouper myself but cooked the same way, it is hard to tell the difference. I have some carp bow hunting pics on my profile and all those shown were eaten in one of the many fish feeds we support.
    Dakotaman,

    I know this was an old post about carp-eating, but I'm an SD-local writer/TV producer and I'm interested in doing a story on people who enjoy eating different types of carp and who prepare it different ways (smoking, etc.). If you have any ideas, feel free to let me know. Thanks.

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  • LaineDillard22
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    smoke it

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  • C_Butler17
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    I've heard of people keeping them alive in a 50 gallon drum of clean water for a day or two after they catch them and just feeding them lettuce. It's supposed to make the carp not taste so carpy. Never tried it though.

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  • gtcheenF allymoreau
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    I've had smoked carp,in Illinois, but only carp that had been caught in the very early spring after the ice was off the river. FANTASTIC !
    I've also had smoked mullet in Florida, smoked salmon and smoked catfish. All very good and worthwhile going back for seconds and third helpings.

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  • fishin kid
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    you can eat carp... are they good? no
    asians eat them.
    good luck fishin
    fishin kid

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  • Jim in Mo
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    If done right carp are good, it's the buffalo taken from the rivers that make the best sandwich.

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  • DakotaMan
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    Regular carp taste like crap. Bighead carp and grass carp that are now taking over the Mississippi/Missouri rivers are GREAT to eat. We had a cook-off with a blind taste test among walleye, red snapper, grouper and these carp. Many preferred the carp above the others. I still favor grouper myself but cooked the same way, it is hard to tell the difference. I have some carp bow hunting pics on my profile and all those shown were eaten in one of the many fish feeds we support.

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  • Sourdough Dave
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    I have no idea how they prepared it, but as a kid I got fifty cents a fish selling carp to the Russian immigrants

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  • MLH
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    Carp ... great to turn over in the garden for fertilizer. If I eat another it will be deep fried ... with lots of hot sauce. As I have said before, I tried it in a real French restaurant, figuring if anyone could make carp taste good it would be the French. They can't.

    Never tried Asian carp, though. If enough people keep saying that it is good, I'll try it.

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    Carp are very good if caught from clean water, and prepared right. By prepared right, I don't mean like you would clean and fry regular fish. There is a way to pressure cook them, bones and all, and then can them. After that, the carp can be made into fish patties, like canned salmon, and are very tasty when egg, onion and spices are added.

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  • Ed J
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    santa
    when I get soaked in beer any thing tastes good.

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  • santa
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    Folks, I have turned plenty of people on to them. It is in the cleaning and preperation. Some carp will not taste good becaue of what they have been eating, but on average the ones I get in south Alabama are good. When you clean them, only use the loin and never ever cut into the stomach cavity. Cut all the dark vein meat COMPLETELY away. Soak in beer and ice over night, and then cook. They will fry up good with the proper seasoning, but they grill a lot better wrapped in foil.

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  • seadog
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    I don't consider myself an expert, but from my limited experience, I have to agree with the concensus--edible, but not "good" for the table.

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  • Beekeeper
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    The "Y" bones can be removed when dressing them. When I was in college my roomie and I used to shoot loads of them by bow fishing. We sold them for .50 cents to $2 each depending on size to a rather sizable group of Vietnamese immigrants who lined tha banks below a local dam.

    We also kept a few to throw a fish fry or two. Hungry college kids will eat about anything! Properly filleted by removing the Y bones and the dark lateral line meat they ate pretty good rolled in seasoned corn meal and fried up nice a crispy. I ate some very good smoked carp in England last summer as well.

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  • Jere Smith
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    they*

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