Big Carp Tackle, the largest online carp fishing tackle site in the US (www.bigcarptackle.com ) sponsors a monthly photo contest for CAG members. It's a popular contest with upwards of 20-30 carp entered a month. The winner is not necessarily the biggest fish but it's the best looking or most unusual fish that wins. The payoff is very generous with a $100 gift certificate to the winner.
As everyone knows, I am a big photo guy. I take a lot of pictures. I also take a lot of self portrait timed shots by myself with the camera on some kind of mount. I take most of my pictures with inexpensive (about $50-$100) Canon compact cameras.
My winner was a beautiful fully scaled mirror (20 lbs.) that had very unusual scales. Some of them were as large as baseballs while others were much smaller. The fish was also especially a golden color, and its scales seemed to shine like gold coins. I thought it was the most beautiful fully scaled mirror I have ever caught, and that's why I entered it. I guess the judges thought the same as I did.