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ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SEAN & WAYNE
We are proud to announce that Evan Cartabiano has become The official American Carp Society fisheries Biologist. A great Angler and huge advocate of the species here in the USA he has a unique perspective as one of the countries Carp Anglers who is actually a professional fisheries biologist. His insight and experience in a professional capacity dealing with the species in its natural environment is critical in the education of the public. We are very happy to have him as part of the team.

MEET EVAN CARTABIANO IN HIS OWN WORDS...

As a fisheries biologist working for Texas Parks and Wildlife I help manage all the fish species in the district.

I describe myself as a rare bird – in fact maybe the only bird in the US fisheries field who is an  avid carp angler, if you do know any others, please let me know, I’d love to chat with them! 

One thing I quickly discovered when I finally made it into the fisheries field was that there seems to be a rather one-sided dialog with regards to Common Carp. This is often results in a sort of negative feedback loop; since the carp are generally disliked by bass anglers, managers dislike carp (sadly often based on nothing but the angler’s feelings), which in turn give the anglers feelings credibility since the fisheries manager agrees. Luckily this is not always the case, but happens more often than it should. I believe education is the key to breaking this feedback loop where ever it exists…

I love talking about Common Carp ecology, biology, and management, and of course, actually fishing for them. I am looking forward to helping further the mission of American Carp Society.

You may ask, “ Evan, how did you arrive at the point of being both a Fisheries biologist and an avid Carp angler in Texas? Well, I’m glad you asked…  ;)

I suppose it all started when I was 6 or 7 years old. At that time, I was an obsessive angler as I am today, but the vast majority of my fishing was, as you might expect of a 6-year-old, for sunfish and bass. 

Well, it just so happened that I was an avid reader of fishing books and I ended up with a copy of The Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia of Fishing which had wonderful pictures of carp fishing gear. That gear was like the holy grail for my young self and I would spend countless hours looking over rigs, rods, reels, and yes, boilies… 

None of this gear was available in the USA at the time and I had no way of getting it so for a while I had to be content with reading about it. After a few years (around age 8) I discovered that while I could not get the gear I could access some real live carp in the Blackstone River which was about 15 minutes from where I lived at the time in the State of Massachusetts. 

After convincing my mom to take me to the canal, things worked out rather simple ‘en route to catching my first carp; I saw a large school of small carp sunning on the surface and I cast a free-lined piece of worm at them and in no time at all, had a mirror measuring 10 inches in length on the bank. I was ecstatic… Oh, how I wish I had a photo of that first carp! I did see some larger carp as well that day but they were spawning so I couldn’t catch them no matter how hard I tried. 

Time went on and I kept carp fishing whenever I could, but since I did not know anyone who fished for carp and the books I had did not go into any real detail, progress was slow… 

Eventually, I discovered that there were other people who fished for carp via information learned online (I was a charter member of the American Carp Society from 2003, and of course, a Carp Anglers Group member) I finally got some real carp gear with much begging, (try selling your parents on carp gear when you are 13!) and figured out how to catch carp more consistently. 

I was also lucky enough to be able to go to the UK and fish for carp there, and quickly discovered the problem of bream in the River Cam which certainly gave me a bit of perspective to bring home.

So, what does someone do in life who wants to do nothing but go fishing? 

Of course, different people take different approaches to this, but since as far as I know, I only have one life, I decided it had better be fishing related. 

After toying with a few different ideas, it seemed to me that the most clear cut way of making a living was to work as a fisheries scientist and after what seemed like an eternity of school and then some more school, I ended up being able to get a job working with fish. 

I fish for carp weekly, even if it’s only for a few hours…it would be a lot more but somewhere along the line I married my best friend, had 3 kids and there are some limits to how long you can fish with small children. We do however go on carping “camping” trips when the weather is good and so I still get some longer sessions even if they are not 100% about fishing.

I look forward to sharing my fisheries knowledge and experience with you via the American Carp Society’s news and social media outlets…

Tight lines all… 

Evan Cartabiano
American Carp Society Fisheries Biologist

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