Sad Sally snagged at last
The Catch of the Day at the grocery store is not usually a carp, but for West Valley’s Eddie Tostado and Todd Cleveland, it was their grand prize.
“We called her ‘Sad Sally’—nobody wants her because she is a carp. People would walk by us and ask what we were fishing for. When they found out it was a carp, they would just say ‘Oh’ and walk away,” Tostado said.
Tostado and Cleveland had been trying for four days a week for three months to reel Sally in. Even though carp are often considered junk fish, they wanted to catch Sally because she was so big.
On April 13, they were on the large ledge between 3300 and 3900 South on the Jordan River where they had seen her previously. Cleveland had the pole, and Tostado was holding the net.
“She is impossible to catch by yourself. She swims under the ledge and breaks the line usually. This time, she turned just right, and I jumped down the ledge to get her big head in the net,” Tostado said.
Tostado was able to carry the netted fish in one hand while clinging to the ledge with the other. They were both excited to finally catch Sally who measures 30 inches and weighs 17 pounds.
“She is the biggest fish I have seen in there. I have caught fish between 14 and16 pounds, but never anything this big,” Tostado said.
Tostado and Cleveland have been fishing together for about 11 years. They both work in apartment maintenance and spend their free time fishing the creeks in Little Cottonwood and American Fork canyons.
The common carp is one of eight species of fish you are likely to catch along the Jordan River. Others include: rainbow trout, white bass, Utah sucker, black bullhead, channel catfish, walleye and crappie.
Carp are considered by many anglers as a trash fish. Their bodies are normally covered with very large scales. There is no limit on how many carp a fisherman can keep. The Division of Wildlife lists worms and dough balls as the best bait to catch a carp.
“We put her back. I want her to get bigger so I can catch her again,” Tostado said.
The Utah state record for a carp is 32 lbs. It was caught in 1993 at Lake Powell.