Having been a carp fisherman for a number of years now I can say that
although they can become tame enough to sit under your feet I have tried on
numerous occasions to net one and failed. Even on those ponds where the
owners wont allow fishing but feed them the same food at the same time and
in the same place is it nigh on impossible to net them.
I find it hard to comprehend how the medieval monk would have hooked then
landed the carp. Its fighting capability is amazing. On a number of
occasions I have had 25lb line snapped like it was a brittle piece of bone.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bea Hopkinson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, December 04, 2000 00:05
Subject: Re: Carp - the fish
> On 12/3/00 8:57 PM Eric Howgate writes:
> >Large carp are notorious line-breakers and can bend even modern
> steel hooks
> >in their struggle to escape being caught. I suspect that "strong
> >in the mouth" refers to this ability rather than their taste.
> Ah, I see...then an armoured mouth!
> >In fact farmed carp will quickly respond to regular hand feeding at a
> >point in their pond and become quite tame, they are then easily caught by
> >simple framed net or wicker fish trap, -but perhaps medieval monks (or an
> >odd-ball Reverend Mother Prioress) enjoyed the "sport" of catching carp
> >hook, line and pole.
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: Bea Hopkinson <[log in to unmask]>
> >To: <[log in to unmask]>
> >Sent: Saturday, December 02, 2000 6:12 PM
> >Subject: Re: Carp - the fish
> >> John,
> >> What lovely quotes - mediaeval expression is so charming - and
> >> revealing of the manner of speech so different from ours today. You
> >> see how "this evil fish to take"and"no weak harness would
> >> hold him"...complains that carp was hard to catch. And I guess the
> >> "strong
> >> enamoured in the mouth" is that the fish had a strong taste - but what
> >> a lovely way to put it.
> >> Those monks were always self sufficient, not in salt of course,
> >> they still managed to make sure they owned salt resources to make up
> >> that.
> >> >
> Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve