Carp in general is a popular food in some cultures, especially some European and Asian cultures. Common carp were initially introduced to America by German immigrants as a food fish but it never caught on. They ended up becoming pests. That said, it seems relatively recent that people are getting into carp as a sport fish. All of the big tackle manufacturers now make carp specific rods, reels, lines, and baits.I've heard that asian carp are very good when correctly prepared. Common carp can also be good. I've brined and smoked them with excellent results. Hard to believe, but on a quality level with good smoked salmon. The toughest part is finding a clean enough body of water to catch them in.
You'd have a hard time fish-sticking a drum, IMO. The meat has a very unique texture - not flaky, more like lobster tail.Fish sticks, hmmm. More than likely pollock.
But they say the silver carp are good, and that common carp is too from people I know who've tried it.
No one's mentioned the sheep, aka drum?
Yeah, I've heard that. That was just me kidding though. I have threatened to try it. I think I should have kept the one my buddy got up in the Soo, nice clean cold water like that was probably the best specimen I could have had.