1st fish I ever landed on euro gear was a 56# black drum caught in Mobile Bay (grew up there) no-one would question the power of a big common carp, I typically use 20# berkley big game line in green, sometimes 15# growing up fishing the gulf I wouldn't call that heavy line....the carp gear used is so not what people think, the long rods are needed for the tasks they are required to do, like chunking a 3oz lead with a PVA chum stick attached at 3x the distance of your longest typical bass cast...I have landed some nice sized fish in heavy current below Truman dam on the same gear(see spoonbill below) saw a guy once have a bass reel yanked off his rod once trashing the reel seat at Truman on a 30# buffalo (they are not as strong as a common IMHO) because he used heavy test braid and the drag was set too tight
yes it was, still the fact he landed a fish during a big tourney and won $250,000 bucks...isn't that a kick in the nads?
see if I can dredge up a few sorry I am not as photogenic as most, and wish I had more current photos, but health issues have kept me from living life as I would prefer, but I am tall/fat/ and make fish look tiny... a bass that looks 12# with Jimmy Houston looks like a 2#er with me,
I don't think its fair to label anyone on how capable they are by how they appear at first glance Steven Hawking would not seem to be the brilliant astrophysicist that he is
.the older I get the more old sayings ring true the "never judge a book by it's cover" pops in my head.
Most anglers if they fish enough, will by chance catch a carp fishing for bass/trout/panfish/catfish and most will fight the fish for a while before they even see it, thinking MAN this has to be the record bass/trout/panfish/catfish, then after a long fight see its "just a carp" as life clicks by, the memories of those really great fights stay with you, far more than that 5 pound bass or 3# trout,
Once an angler gets to the point fishing isn't about dinner, or getting a pat on the back (atta boys) it becomes about the enjoyment of the experience, the challenge, the beauty of the surroundings, I read once that fishing solo all alone, no-one to be seen was a way to commune with your own soul. Oddly when I was at University, considering my Major was biological Sciences, we still were required to take a core of classes to shape our experiences in the human condition, now decades later the classes that effected me the most are of literature and poetry,
many fishing quotes come to mind heres a link to a few, second link is Hemingway's old man and the sea, a great read later in an angler's life than early, perhaps thats why we feel compelled to share and pass on the experience of being fishermen?
I have been blessed to have traveled and fished caught many large fish of numerous species- for whatever reason, people feel compelled to discourage people about carp fishing, and to disparage and question my character, yet when people do, it serves to peak peoples interests in fishing for carp and for that its worth the hassle
https://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/2016/06/49-best-fishing-quotes-all-time#page-30 <--quotes about fishing
https://la.utexas.edu/users/jmciver/Honors/Fiction 2013/Hemmingway_The Old Man and the Sea_1952.pdf <--Hemingway's old man and the sea