The first method of obtaining your grass carp for cooking is simple and less fun (but quite often more practical): you go to your local supermarket or fish market and you buy the carp pre-prepared and ready to cook.
This method works great because you know the fish is legal, and you know that it is fresh and safe to eat (depending on the smell, you should pass if the stench is strong enough to warrant concern).
And quite often, the fish will be pre-prepared for you so you know that you don’t have to scale the fish and remove the organs before actually cooking it. Avoiding the dirty work is a definite plus here.
These are all great reasons. And for some of us it really works out a lot better. But for the anglers that want to catch what their eating, we know there are tons of reasons why we do so.
There are also problems with the method of purchasing grass carp in particular, and you might only be able to find it if you live in a city that has a multinational supermarket or a fish market.
Using some simple logic we know that consuming fish is also much more important in Asian and other cultures, so you’ll find that these fish will be found around places where there are people who really want to eat them. Pretty simple, right?
If you live in a place like the Midwest in the US (where there are often a lack of super markets in places labeled “food deserts” anyways) or somewhere similarly remote, then you might just be out of luck unless you are of course catching it yourself.
It is largely not realized by many people that grass carp (and other carp) aren’t harder to clean than other common types of fish, and as long as we know what we’re doing it really isn’t hard to do at all!
How to catch a grass carp is a question that isn’t asked enough among anglers, and quite frankly this fish is often regarded as useless “trash fish” when it comes to catching and cooking.
Knowing where these carp are located and what they eat is half the battle of catching them, and thankfully the name helps initially direct us to where these fish are located. Not surprisingly, it’s quite often in the grass!
This aquatic vegetation commonly referred to as “weeds” are a nuisance to all anglers, except when the fish that you are seeking lives here or commonly frequents such a place (whether it is to sun bathe in shallow waters or it is to eat when the tide is high).
The fact that these are called trash fish is simply not true. But the fact that you are seeking out reasons why this isn’t true is really enlightening and more importantly it’s going to give you the upper hand when it comes to angling for them and then ultimately eating them.
We catch this type of carp in typically high tides or other scenarios where there is not a lot of water that is covering aquatic vegetation and grassy areas. We typically call this part of the river (or body of water in general) the weeds, and that really is where we are going to find them.
Grass carp take to these grounds when the water rises during lower tides, and they really love this section because there’s not a lot of water, so ultimately, there’s not a lot going on!
Grass carp also take to these grounds when the water rises during higher tides, and they really love this section because there’s not a lot of action happening and there’s not a whole lot going on!
In these scenarios, the grass carp can just do what they want to do which is basically just relax, eat some vegetation, and really just hang out.
There are a number of methods of catch grass carp, and these methods largely revolve around using a number of different homemade or purchased carp baits.
Knowing which carp baits will work even better to catch grass carp will give you the upper hand when you start angling for these too often forgotten fish, and now that you know where the grass carp frequent and what their tendencies are you are half-way to catching your first grass carp!