Strange looking Carp Lake Hartwell

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ghadarits

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So I was at Lake Hartwell over Labor Day weekend and to keep the kids entertained I baited up the dock for a carp fishing tournament. The Derby was a hit with everyone involved so it was a big success. Now for the interesting part of the weekend. My oldest nephew caught a fish that I think is a Mirror Carp.
Some of the scales on this carp were 3 inches wide. Thats 6ft Tarpon sized scales so it got my attention real quick.
From what I've read mirror carp are native to the UK and Europe not North America. Heck with that being said I think all carp in the USA were imported from somewhere else.

Any incite on if it is in fact a mirror carp or what it is if it isn't will be greatly appreciated.
 

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ghadarits

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Never seen one but cheated and looked online. Seems to match the pics and description. Says they can get up to 60 lbs.
Heck if checking the web is cheating I’m a serious cheater.
Unfortunately I don’t think any species of carp get that big in Hartwell. 25lbs is probably the biggest I’ve personally seen.
 
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Never seen anything like that. Curious if you kept it...would make an interesting mount
My Nephew caught it and let it go after we took a couple of picture. Definitely an unusual looking fish and from what I’ve read considered a trophy carp.
 
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i cant believe you can use trophy and carp in the same sentence :ROFLMAO:
LOL!! I'm just telling you what I found on the WWW.

A trophy is whatever you want it to be anyway. My first deer with a bow when I was first starting out bow hunting was a button buck and let me tell you I was mighty proud to have taken that little deer at 35 yards with my Bear Whitetail II bow. My first Tarpon when I was about 10yo fishing by myself only weighed maybe 5lbs but it was a real trophy to me. I'd be proud to catch that carp in the picture above too especially if I caught it on a #8 mosquito hook on 8lb line like I fish for them. That makes it a real challenge to land them.
 
Anywhere you find carp, there will be one of those pop up here and there. I've caught several over the years. I think OldCaptain has posted several pics of them on here over the years, too. There are also "leather" carp with almost no scales that you'll catch one of every now and then. And yeah, no carp are native to the US. They're all the same species, just mutated versions.
 
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