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To Carp or Not to Carp

To Carp or Not to Carp—Author, Bob T. Epstein, Publisher of www.AmericanPressTravelNews.com

There are more than 100 known species of carp in the world. The main species of carp found in the USA are silver, grass, common (German) mirror, grass, and big head.

Carp are probably the healthiest fish to eat and according to the World Book Encyclopedia, 90-percent of the world’s population subsist on the protein carp provides.

Unfortunately, carp have a poor public image in America. But, it has been getting better over the past few years. Many anglers used to bending their rods on fish, from 1-6 or, even 10-pounds, who hook a carp unintentionally, are amazed and delighted by the stamina and pull of even, a 5-10 pounder.

Some anglers are introduced to carp fishing by a friend, and then after experiencing hooking up on a carp, are “hooked”, too!

My first time was in a small pond in Queens N.Y. I cast a slice of bread with 3-hooks in its crust. I laid my Mitchell 300 down on a rock, chatting with a friend who showed me the pond, and the large carp that it held. Suddenly, my line leaked at the spool, after I heard a sucking sound in the dark of the evening. I hooked up and found that I really liked the sound of my spool drag. The carp was about 10-pounds, and the next day I skipped school to get ready to head over, on my Schwinn.

Today, the biggest problem for carp to be taken seriously as a fish to enjoy catching, is image. For decades carp have been thrown into the column of “trash fish.” Seems the over-abundance of many species has falsely condemned them as being unworthy of anything, but being used as fertilizer, or just leaving them on the bank to rot, what a giant waste of a tasty fish! Yes, a fecund carp can produce a million eggs, twice per year. Most of these are food for all manner of our dear gamefish. And no, carp do not chase out other species. Carp can live in waters many gamefish cannot, due to oxygen levels, turbidity, and temperatures, as well.

Waiting on a bite!!!

Word -of-mouth marketing, helps in educating and offering experienced information about the positive qualities of these fish. The in-your-mouth experience of eating them, are the two biggest means of getting the ball rolling, to ramp up commercial and personal harvesting efforts.

This Is a Time That Try’s Mens Souls

Amercian Press Travel News—-April 3rd, Goose Holler’ Farm and Ranch–Bob and Barb Have Stopped to Smell the Roses!!!

This is tough to write about so I’ll keep it short. This is truly a time that try’s men’s & Women’s Souls! For those of us who have a wife, husband or live-in mate, things are very tough, but not as tough if anyone is facing this alone.  Barb and I are getting daily calls from our son, and my mom who is, about 100-years old, and totally mobile (so lucky for her and her spirit) but we are also being in touch with Barbs friend who is alone, after losing her terrific husband. People need to feel that they are thought of, especially when the bleak meets the road!! I ask everyone to call, email or skype, wherever possible to folks that need love and contact. We all do!!!!!!Barb and I have a daughter-in-law Doctor of nursing on the front line, my cousin Adam a doctor doing 12-hour shifts in the largest NY hospital, and my son; Director of Emergency Management at the Homestead, FL Air Base.  Please keep them in your prayers and all the first and emergency personel. Fireman and law enforcement are doing double duty too!!! I went to a food store and saw how vulnerable workers, checkers, etc. were. As we checked out our groceries, the young woman looked at me and smiles. I told her how much we appreciated her doing her job so well in times like this. She began to tear-up and said:  “Thank you so much, I needed that right now.”

Love alot, and cry a little!!!  Please remember, Pray for our great president, Vice President and their team, trying to get and keep a handle on this Plague of unprecedented dimensions.

 

Lefty’s Wings & Grill Excellent Lunch Spot

American Press Travel News–Feb 25th- Lefty’s Wing & Grill- Port St Lucie, FL- Bob and Barb On the Road Again-Stopping to smell the roses and bite some wings—We definitely found the very best chopped garlic wings on the Treasure Coast. We marveled at the taste and texture of wings that had flavors not experienced before. Chicken Cobb salad surprised us as well. The dish was excellent! We also tried a shrimp Quesadilla that had plump, firm large shrimp, onion, cheese and tomato. The large floured tortilla was crisp and obviously home made {no pre-packaging here}. Service was perfect, friendliness of a local food spot was excellent and felt!! Open every day at 11:30 and located at 1034 Port St Lucie,FL Give a call to 772-337-3212 Take out is always available.