Contrary to its name, the European common carp actually originated from Central Asia, wherein they were farmed for hundreds of years as supplement to the rice diet of country peasants. It was from these beginnings in Japan that the famous brocaded carp, otherwise known as Koi, were first developed.
When it did make its journey to the West, a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, and North America, classified them as a pest due to their ability to survive and multiply in a range of different environments. Nonetheless, if you prefer the rather more sedate pastime of freshwater fishing compared to the more active pursuit of beach or boat sea fishing, going after big carp can become habit-forming.
Setting the Carp Record
A UK angler caught a 99lb monster in France in 2010.