Giant Goose Ranch
Heartland Outdoors Forum | Carp Identification Help
 
   
 
Carp Identification Help
Posted: 19 March 2012 09:51 AM   [ Ignore ]
Newbie
Rank
Total Posts:  6
Joined  2011-05-14

My brother caught a Carp yesterday. I think it’s a Common Carp, I just want to be sure it’s not an Asian Bighead Carp. 

It was caught using a white rattle trap crank bait. Thought it was a big LMB until its head came out of the water. Weird.

Any help would be appreciated.

Image Attachments
Carp_pic_for_Heartland_Outdoors2_18MAR12.jpg
Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 10:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
Administrator
Avatar
RankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  900
Joined  2010-10-03

Maybe a Grass Carp?

 Signature 

It’s like a blind person trying to describe a kaleidoscope

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 10:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
Moderator
Avatar
RankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  1289
Joined  2010-10-13

Does it have the whiskers of a common? I cant tell in the pic….

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 10:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
Newbie
Rank
Total Posts:  6
Joined  2011-05-14

Based on photos of Grass Carp I found on the internet, the Grass Carp appears to have a more narrow and taller fin on top. This Carp has a longer (wider) fin.  But I am not sure either.

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 10:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
Newbie
Rank
Total Posts:  6
Joined  2011-05-14

There were no whiskers.

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 10:38 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
Jr. Member
Avatar
RankRank
Total Posts:  81
Joined  2010-10-01

That is a grass carp, and a big un. Common carp have a longer dorsal fin and their mouth kind of point downward.

 Signature 

A link to my nature blog, Nature Close Up.
My Flickr photos can be found here, Flickr

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 10:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
Newbie
Rank
Total Posts:  6
Joined  2011-05-14

Thanks for everyone’s help. I do believe its a Grass Carp as well.

Just baffles me why a Grass Carp would hit at a crank bait.

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 10:46 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
Sr. Member
Avatar
RankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  543
Joined  2011-12-20

I agree with the grass carp…The dorsal fin is to short to be a comman and the eye placement looks low…The picture does play with your mind a little because the way the fish is twisted…

 Signature 

“I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.”
― John Burroughs

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
Moderator
Avatar
RankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  1289
Joined  2010-10-13

Curious what ya thought after the hook-set?LOL…Prob thought ya had a 10-11#largemouth….

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 12:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
Newbie
Rank
Total Posts:  6
Joined  2011-05-14

Snag on a submerged log was first thought, until it started moving. Then large snapper, flathead or lunker bass. Grass Carp never went through my mind for sure.  I always thought Grass Carp were vegetarian. I guess not, or it was defending its territory.

In any case, it was released to eat more moss. Hopefully they eat moss, since its bad already. The mild winter did not do us any favors in that regard.

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 12:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
Administrator
Avatar
RankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  900
Joined  2010-10-03

A grass carp that big probably doesn’t eat much of the vegetation anymore.  The younger grass carp will eat a lot more of the vegetation.  Once they get full grown, they need replaced.  One that big has probably outgrown his usefulness.  Maybe Nate will see this and fill us in on the details.

 Signature 

It’s like a blind person trying to describe a kaleidoscope

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 12:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
Newbie
Rank
Total Posts:  6
Joined  2011-05-14

That does make sense.  Thanks for the info.

Profile
 
 
Posted: 19 March 2012 06:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
Sr. Member
Avatar
RankRankRankRank
Total Posts:  431
Joined  2011-10-24

Yep i have been told the same.  The info i got related a growing young carp to a growing young teenage boy.  They said a young carp will eat an endless amount of food and grow rapidly.

Profile
 
 
   
 
 
‹‹ Killin Em      Snagging ››