Breaking Up the Game in DC with Carp Fishing?


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(Marlene Cooper Vasilic holds her 24 lb. carp caught and released in Washington DC’s tidal basin)
Marlene Cooper Vasilic, Director of Outreach and Special Events for the Center for American Progress, does away with stress by fishing for monster carp in the waterways around Washington, DC.
Marlene just won a carp fishing tournament in the DC tidal basin last weekend — and made her husband Aleks Vasilic pretty envious. But if anyone has a copy laying around, he is on this month’s cover of the North American Carp Angler (that is not him featured in the magazine pic linked).
Ever tried to catch a carp? It’s tough. I’m reading up on it.
I have mastered catching Chesapeake Bay blue crabs with chicken necks though. More on that another time.
Congrats to my pal Marlene who happens to be the sister of Helene Cooper, diplomatic correspondent of the New York Times and author of the forthcoming The House at Sugar Beach: A Memoir which recounts her life growing up in pre-chaos Liberia and which recently was featured in the New York Times Magazine.
Don’t worry about the carp. Marlene releases all of them so that her husband has a chance to catch her fish in the future.
— Steve Clemons


12 comments on “Breaking Up the Game in DC with Carp Fishing?

  1. Dan says:

    Carp are great fish to go after, they sure put up a big fight. I like to chum the water first with corn before I start carp fishing, great tip for any fisherman that wants to get into the sport.


  2. David says:

    I guess you guys know about James Hansen’s recent comments. I just discovered a nascent website that is planning to take them and run with them worldwide via the internet. A ray of hope?


  3. mr.ed says:

    That’ll make a lot of gefilte fish, bro.


  4. serge says:

    Could that be the ghost of Fanne Fox? Or, Wilbur Mills haunting the scene of his most famous scandal?


  5. pauline says:

    There’s plenty to carp about these days in DC with the lowest ever rated president, the even lower-rated key admin and ex-key admin personnel, and a congress from both sides of the aisle that seems more interested in how their investments in DOD-contracted companies are doing.
    And how about the rotten smelly fish like Feith? Even his picture makes me gag and I know his deeds have been a thousand times worse.
    Ooh, such a stench he makes.
    Real carp are bottom feeders, meaning their food is the most polluted trash from the bottom. Thanks but no thanks to that fish.


  6. Danton says:

    Get a fly rod.


  7. CeeHussein says:

    I was bass fishing and did catch a carp. What an ugly fish.
    What is so hard about catching them?


  8. David says:

    We are headed for a world in which degradation will become, “Oh, thank god it’s only degradation, and still reversible,” and will be second fiddle to the realities of environmental destruction. Ecosystems have an amazing ability to recover if permitted to, just as we have an amazing ability to heal. But there are limits, and once crossed, are end points. Thus do I think that if we lose the battle to preserve and protect earth’s ecosystems, all of these other battles being so valiantly waged by some really dedicated people will become moot points, and thus do I put global environmental issues first, and thus do I categorize war, including the war against Iraq, as environmental crimes of the first order, and an overpowering impediment, especially in the case of the United States, to meaningful constructive movement on the environmental front in time to prevent the worst calamities. We are already beyond full amelioration, and apparently hell bent to continue the destruction of: the rainforests; the atmosphere; the oceans; and any remaining shreds of common sense at the level of difference makers. Tokenism amok, of course, and all sorts of half-way, half-assed pseudo-acknowledgments of the problems. But the kinds of initiatives, and at the levels required to actually do something about the sky (which is falling, dammit), the seas (which are dying), and the rainforests (which are disappearing)? I don’t see it. Doesn’t mean I’ll give up. That simply is not an option. But unless and until we face reality head on and go at the required changes full tilt, even if it means running over business interests, we aren’t going to stop this degradation/destruction of the only place we have to live, love, and cherish our children.
    And regarding the effing gated community mindset…


  9. DonS says:

    Steve, I’m waiting for more word, hoping its not so dire. The last thing we need, and seem to get, is more environmental degredation. Crabbing is one of those simple pleasures, as I remember!
    I look forward to water pleasures in Nova Scotia where I’ll retreat in July, and the wife for the whole dang Summer. Its a small skiff or a kayak for me — soon!


  10. Steve Clemons says:

    DonS — I’m so behind on so many deadlines, drowning in them…trying to catch up…that the one thing that was keeping me going was the idea of some time on the Chester River — kayaking and crabbing…
    Very bad news you have shared.


  11. DonS says:

    So, not to be too much of a downer, but one of my clients — and ex nurse who now works in food science research here — makes dire sounds about bad new coming for the blue claw crab. Inferences of some sort of epidemic. Sorry Steve.


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