Ron, I think I was still a youngster in my Parents home when I last ate Carp. Lost teh taste for it somewhere allong the line. Dont think many people in europe realize that is still sort of a staple food in Africa.
Steve, I think one must take a look at what is available to you. If you take the UK situtaion you have local fishmongers that can supply you with Fresh Sea fish and choice cuts of salmon and trout. The chances of someone actually prefering coarse fish over what is available to you is almost null. In SA for instance we do not have such a rich system whereby people away fom the sea can get fresh fish on a regular basis and people have to eather select the pre-packed fish in local supermarkets or Fresh Coarse fish I.E Catfish, Carp and our Yellow Fish (Barbel). We do have trout but not local to the Center of SA. Mostly however since we do have a enormouse supply of red meat avaialable that is eassely accesable to all except the Coastal areas you will find that most people living in the Center of SA are predominantly Meat eaters and in Coastal regions Fish eaters.Coarse fish is also eassely accessable by the Majority of the Public that lives under the breadline as they say and thus they supplement there food with especially Carp that is found in any water system within SA. Seeing that my fishing is severly hampered by work Ill try to Compile an article about how SA views its fresh water angling and how our local ethics with regards to Angling differs from those of anglers in the UK.
First let me say,Ilove carp and carp fishing.
Every week i prepare in the region of 1000,lb of carp for the table.all are brought by Jewish folk
and east Europeans. The reason we have our lovely big mirrors is that they are bred for the table
all over Europe. Thats the reason why they have BIG ONES,they eat all the small ones.
Every time you meet someone who eats carp, say thanks.
We have to contextualise angling when we are considering different cultures. I followed the referred to Forum that prompted this thread, and as I read it, it was clear that anglers from different cultures and societies were at cross-purposes because each was coming from their own viewpoint. Although, I must say, at the time certainly that I checked out the thread, the UK viewpoint was a bit narrower than the guys from the USA. If it was an open debate and we had to vote on who we think presented the best argument, my vote would have been cast across the pond.
Don't forget that in the Czech Republic for example the traditional Christmas meal is carp. I have eaten carp in eastern Austria many moons ago. About 1978 when a kiddie. Top tip when thinking about eating carp - don't bother they do not have the most delightful of flavours. Eau de silt about covers it.