The big, bad carp. Big as in “wow” and bad as in “controversial,” the common carp is a love or hate species. But at the end of the day, this outcast fish has gained enormous popularity from dedicated carp anglers, and those simply looking for a supersized tug. Visit the popular lake tributaries throughout Manitoba’s southern regions and you can get into some of these freakishly strong fish that Aaron Wiebe (below) calls “big, beautiful blobs.”
Hooking into giant carp is an exhilarating adventure that will commonly exceed every predetermined expectation. An immediate explosion of raw power, a prolonged exhibition of peeling line, and a grueling back and forth tug-of-war, that never seems to end, are all collective episodes that will be present during any given carp expedition.
As a species of convenience, carp inhabit a wide selection of creeks, rivers and lakes that are easily accessible and offer ample opportunities to fish from shore. Catching carp that are 30-plus inches is possible, with 40-inch giants setting the bar for the ultimate ride!