"It took no time before I was hooked, and I started bringing in all the tackle I could get. Problem is I became my own best customer," he said. "Once you've caught a couple of these big bruisers, it's just addictive."_
Long recognized as a superior game fish in Europe, common carp have suffered from cultural and environmental biases since they were introduced to North America from Europe about 150 years ago to replace native game fish that were extirpated by pollution, overfishing and dams. Only distantly related to the Asian carp now threatening to enter the Great Lakes from the Illinois River system (they're about as close as deer and cattle), Asian carp spread quickly across North America, where they destroyed the habitat in many lakes and rivers.