The only time I tried one, it was very strong, fishy, reddish meat. Much on the lines of that red stuff that I cut out of big catfish and striper fillets. It was nasty. If you like strong, fishy fish, then carp may be for you. If not, there are many other good-tasting fish out there. And carp are an invasive exotic species that does a lot of harm to our aquatic environment. Same as kudzu, fire ants, multiflora roses, and feral hogs. Kill 'em all and do whatever you wish with them, except throwing them in the bushes beside the boat ramp. I wish they were good to eat, but they're just simply not, to my taste. I am not a Czech or Russian. I don't like them on a plate or in the lake.