|This seventeen pound river carp fought |
much harder that a number of twenty
pound pond fish that I landed last week.
River fish tend to be tougher and stronger than pond fish. It makes sense. These fish are constantly fighting strong currents just to survive. Pond fish tend to be lazy as they live out their existence in still waters. I've landed good size carp from the big New England rivers like the Merrimack and the CT River, and fish in those places are really hard fighters, but I can also tell you that Blackstone River carp are right up there with those hard fighters.
The most memorable battle I ever had with a carp in RI was that CAG record mirror (31 lbs., 8 oz.) that I caught in the Blackstone River a couple of years back. It fought much better than that 36 lb. record common that I caught in a pond. This weekend that Blackstone River in RI will open up with the commencement of trout fishing. With water levels dropping, there will be opportunities to get out and do battle with some of the hardest fighting fish you will find anywhere.