Thursday, December 10, 2015

Another Funky "Carp"

If it looks like a carp, hits like a carp and fights like a carp, then it has to be a carp, right? Not so. Take a look at the photo below of one of the fish I landed today.  At first glance, it looks like a common carp.
But, if you look more closely, you will notice it has NO BARBELS under the chin, a dead giveaway that it is not a common carp.  It also has small golden scales with orange spots here and there along its body, another dead giveaway that it is not a common carp.
So, what is it?  It is what they call a wild hybrid goldfish.  They are few and far between, but they do exist in the ponds and river systems around here.  I've landed less than 10 of these in my carp fishing career. So, next time you catch what you think is a common carp, take a closer look.

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