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The fishing community is in mourning with the death of Benson, the countries favourite carp.
The death of Benson is sad and a real shame. I wonder if he'll come back as a ghost? Do we get ghost fish as we get ghost animals or at least pets?.
Ghost fish? Would they only be noticed by divers?
Good point but you never know!
It reminds me of Shirley, the all-eating sheep from Shaun the Sheep... :-)
There was this pond my uncle, my brother and I used to go fish into: it was full of very large carps. Largest one we caught was around 24 pounds, maybe more. Good thing about large carps is that they can be dehooked pretty easily without injuring them (especially if you use large triple hooks like we did), bad thing is they are so voracious they'll take the bait multiple times in a few months period. Benson was a perfect carp in short.
Sadly their enormous appetite can be their downfall: the aformentioned pond was depopulated when a local farmer dumped freshly cut grass into it "to feed the fish". The carps ate so much they litterally exploded when the grass fermented in their intestines... I personally helped clear the pond of the dead fish and it's one olfactory experience I'll never forget.
In Distortion We Trust
"Louhi spoke in riddled tones of three things to achieve: find and catch the Devil's Moose and bring it here to me. Seize the Stallion born of Fire, harness the Golden Horse. He captured and bound the Moose, he tamed the Golden Horse. Still there remained one final task: hunt for the Bird from the Stream of Death"
-Kalevala, Rune XIII-
".. she was caught more than 60 times.."
Caught over sixty times and not one angler bothered to put it under the grill with a bit of garlic and lemon juice? Shocking. Noone gets to eat it now, presumably. :-)
Benson certainly got a lot of media coverage. But then August has always been known as the 'silly season' due to the parliamentary recess, a large section of the population being away on holiday and therefore not much happening; fertile ground for Fortean type news pieces.
I would describe the taste of carp as "bland" at the very best. Even catfish tastes better.
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