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~ 75 Lbs. 11 oz.Caught at St. Cassien, France on May 21, 1987 by angler
Leo van der Gugten
~ Cyprinus Carpio
~ European Carp, French Carp, Italian Carp, German Carp, Israeli Carp,
Mirror Carp, King Carp, Koi, Leather Carp
Identification ~ The Common Carp has a head that is short with a rounded snout. There are two barbels on each side of the mouth. The Common Carp has a body that is robust, deep and thick, and arched toward the dorsal fin. The tail fin is forked and is often a "reddish" color. The Common Carp's back is olive-brown to reddish brown, with the sides becoming silvery-bronze, brassy, or olive-gold. The belly is yellow or yellow-white. Most carp are bronze-gold to golden yellow on the sides and yellowish white on the belly. Lower fins are often reddish. Carp have a thick leathery appearance.
~ Carp are the largest member of the minnow family and grow quickly.
Carp generally grow to about 30 inches and 10 to 15 pounds, but they can
weigh up to 80 pounds.
~ This hardy fish is able to tolerate a broad range of conditions, but
fares best in large bodies of fresh water with slow-flowing or still
water, with soft muddy sediments. It is primarily a bottom dweller.
~ The Common Carp feeds on crustaceans, insects, worms, aquatic plants,
algae and seeds. Its feeding technique, of grubbing around in the
sediment and straining food from the mud, has caused problems in areas
where the carp has been introduced. As well as uprooting submerged
vegetation, it also increases the cloudiness of the water, which can
have detrimental effects on native wildlife.