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Hey guys, I don't know if anyone has ever caught a carp uglier than the one I caught yesterday at Douglas.

This guy had seaweed growing on one side of his gill, and barely had any scales left on his body....looked like he had some sort of disease! And the nastiest thing that i've seen on a fish, he had a hole about the size of a quarter on his belly!! YUCK!! You could see his guts.

Well, i've got pictures if you guys wanna see them, but I will warn you that they are pretty sickening!!

The fish was thrown back in after I took the pics.



 

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Dude! sure he wasn't out of RMA, or any of those other toxic waters????? You probably should of put him out of his misery. Not that I'm all for killing carp, but that was one sick looking fish!
 

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yeah, that was gross...that looked like a fish that should have perhaps been put out of its misery...but im sure nature will take its course soon for that guy.

its amazing it was still healthy enough to want to eat your bait...
 

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Wow... That was gross!

Yeah, I'm surprised too at the fact that it was healthy enough to want your bait. Did it swim off like a champ?? Did it fight like a champ?

Thanks Wiper_Stalker, there goes my lunch..  :)

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That one does take the cake!!!  Carp are cerntainly not the prettiest fish anyway, but, MAN!!!

It's like a damn train wreck, you can't stop looking at it!!!!
 

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i dont think thats a common carp, ive seen pics of carp that look exactly like that, i think they are called mirror carp? i didnt even know those lived here.
 

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here is a link of a mirror carp, im almost positive its the same species. thats a real species of carp, wow.

 

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that shure looks like it, minus the hole in his belly
 

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wiper_stalker said:
I have no idea what caused it man. I was hoping somebody in here could possibly tell me what it could be.
Im guessing the hole was caused by a bird attack which in turn caused it to have a sickness of some sort. This is only a guess of corse.


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ive seen some messed up carp out there, in nebraska my dad caught the biggest carp ive ever seen in person, had to be over 20 pounds, bottom half of its tail was missing and it had a whole the size of golf ball on the side of its head.
 

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Yes that is a mirror carp. I know of several areas where you can find lots of mirrors. The scales are normal for Mirrors, but not the moss groing on it's head and it's ulcer.
 

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That's gross! I've caught mirror carp before in the colorado river near fruita (they didn't have the ulser or anything like that though), and I believe they occur naturally sometimes in a population, although TBH I am not sure.
 

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That kinda makes you wonder about the other fish hanging around there. Whenever I see something like that in a lake it sometimes turns me off to the whole lake, in terms a keeping them. ???
 
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