I'm not much of a fisherman.

Sure I've been out fishing plenty of times. I usually borrow a pole and I don't mind touching the worms. I've thrown in at lakes, streams and the river.

I'm not very good at it. I remember being a kid and catching a decent sized carp along the Mississippi. Of course, I was about ten years old so any fish would have looked huge to me then.

A few years ago we stayed at a lake house close to Centerville, Iowa. We fished out of Rathbun Lake and didn't catch much to brag about.

A few of the 'keepers' we pulled from the water.

We pulled a few out of the water, but most of the bites we got that trip were an invasive species called 'Asian carp.'

My nephew, Brad, holding one of the many Asian carp pulled out during the trip.

Last week we took a walk along the river walk and as we came in by the Dubuque Harbor we saw a guy and his son with a carp they had just pulled from the water. He was about to throw it back and I asked him, "don't you want a picture with it?"

I'm guessing he probably would have taken one but he had his hands full so I snapped a pic and texted it to him. I have to say it's probably one of the bigger fish I've seen taken out of the harbor... take a look.

The fish pulled out of the Dubuque Harbor.

I'm not even sure the picture does the fish justice, but it was pretty substantial.

Do you like to fish? What's the biggest one you've ever pulled from the water?

~Chris Farber


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