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Mike Martin, 25, set out onto the icy surface of Lake St. Clair, a freshwater lake between Michigan and Ontario, on Jan. 11. The temperature was beginning to rise and there was a feeling in the air that it might be his last ice fishing opportunity for a while.
He cut a circle in the ice and dropped his line into the familiar chilly waters as he had countless times before. He felt the line get tighter. He had a bite.

Martin had been fishing in this area since he was 5, but when he reeled this particular fish up, he discovered that he had just caught something he never anticipated: a 3-pound, 15-inch goldfish.

“It was kind of a shock,” he told the Daily News. “I pulled it up and just kind of stared at it for a minute. I really didn’t know what to do with it.”

Most people have only seen tiny goldfish in clear bowls or plastic bags at carnivals. Few have seen one in the wild and even fewer have seen such a large goldfish anywhere.

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“They keep growing and growing,” Martin said. “They get bigger and bigger and they eat everything in their path … Basically, it’s an invasive species — simple as that. Goldfish have been known to decimate any ecosystem they’ve been in.”

Martin brought the carp home and placed it in his freezer. He plans to mount it eventually, especially now that the catch has made the news.

Martin considered the goldfish a personal accomplishment and felt a quiet sense of pride in reeling it in. But a close friend insisted that he should share the catch on Facebook. Soon after, he was getting calls from reporters.

“I really just expected it to stay local news,” Martin laughed. “But now, it’s clearly not. The more I look into it, it’s international now.”

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Gives tropical fish keeping a bad rap even though it was probably a one time keeper with just a fish bowl that dropped fish in the lake.
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Just think of the look the taxidermist will give him when he brings it in to be mounted... :shock:
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Lucky guy.he caught a rare carp.in California.smaller man made lakes are stock with common goldfish.go bass fishing with orange colors and its never a fail.

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I'm surprised that "feeder goldfish" wasn't consumed by another fish.

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That's an ornamental carp by the way. Not a gold fish. People eat them in Asia. Probably tastes good too :lol: :lol:

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ngkevin2011 wrote:
That's an ornamental carp by the way. Not a gold fish. People eat them in Asia. Probably tastes good too :lol: :lol:

Guess what goldfish are... yep, just ornamental carp.
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re: eating carp/goldfish.

I tried some koi sushi while in Japan. Not terrible, but not great either. (From the same place that served dojo loaches. Dojo loaches tasted great.) Koi sushi was on the very chewy side of the spectrum.

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Carp - Cyprinus carpio carpio

Goldfish - Carassius auratus auratus

Carp and goldfish are both cyprinids in good standing but certainly not synonymous.

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From the wikipedia article on carp(i know not the best source, but convienient):
wikipedia wrote:
Some consider all cyprinid fishes carp, and the family Cyprinidae itself is often known as the carp family. In colloquial use, however, carp usually refers only to several larger cyprinid species such as Cyprinus carpio (common carp), Carassius carassius (Crucian carp), Ctenopharyngodon idella (grass carp), Hypophthalmichthys molitrix (silver carp), and Hypophthalmichthys nobilis (bighead carp). Carp have long been an important food fish to humans, as well as popular ornamental fishes such as the various goldfish breeds and the domesticated common carp variety known as koi. As a result, carp have been introduced to various locations, though with mixed results...


Common goldfish are believed to come from a sport of crucian carp about 2000 years ago in china. They have been heavily inbred and possibly hybridized with the prussian carp (Carassius gibelio), but I'd say they still qualify as a carp.
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Shokubutsu-San wrote:
re: eating carp/goldfish.

I tried some koi sushi while in Japan. Not terrible, but not great either. (From the same place that served dojo loaches. Dojo loaches tasted great.) Koi sushi was on the very chewy side of the spectrum.


Yes, but if you steam them with ginger and scallion...

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Move over, Jaws—huge goldfish invade Lake Tahoe
By Mike Krumboltz | The Sideshow

Goldfish the size of canned hams are turning up in Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border.

A group of researchers from the University of Nevada at Reno discovered and documented the oversized fish, including one 18-inches long. Others had apparently spotted the fish in the waters of Lake Tahoe, but Christine Ngai and fellow researchers were the first to document their existence.

Ngai told KCRA.com, "You just see this bright golden orange thing starting to float up, and you’re like, what is that? And then you take a net and you scoop it up, and you’re like, it’s a goldfish."

[Related: Woman auctions off ex-boyfriend's secret fishing spot]

Experts believe that people dumping the contents of their aquariums into the lake is to blame for the problem. And it is a real problem. Researchers believe the large fish, which aren't native to the lake, could have a significant ecological impact, including creating a food shortage for native trout. Also a worry, according to Dr. Sudeep Chandra of the University of Nevada, is the goldfish's tendency to spur algae growth in a lake known for being crystal clear.

When Ngai and her colleagues examined the fish, they found that some were pregnant, meaning the problem is likely to get worse.

This isn't the first case of abnormally large goldfish showing up in a strange spot. In 2010, a fisherman in France reeled in a goldfish the size of a large dog.

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re: Tahoe article

For some reason, BusinessInsider likes to post fish news...

This is the same news story with a photo.

http://www.businessinsider.com/giant-go ... hoe-2013-2

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