Telegraph Herald - Dubuque, IA
Monday, January 4, 2010
Couple spend lots of time chasing after their favorite freshwater fish for fun and food.
PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, Wis. -- The couple who enjoys the thrill of skewering a 15-pound carp would seem to be deserving of the 2009 Carp King and Queen crown.
Cindy Higgins-Regan and her husband, Jack, were ceremoniously crowned on New Year's Eve night in front of a large crowd at the annual Droppin' of the Carp.
"Forget Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Dropping the carp is the holiday of all holidays," said the couple, who live in Cross Plains but spend their free time and money in Prairie du Chien.
You won't find many with as much excitement and verve for the annual carp spawn.
"Nothing matches the ecstasy and thrill of skewering a 15-pound carp in heat," the couple proclaimed.
The Droppin' of the Carp began in 2001 as a Midwestern spoof of the traditional lowering of the ball in New York's Times Square. Last Thursday, hundreds of people braved frigid temperatures and cheered just before midnight as a 3-foot, 30-pound frozen carp was slowly lowered via a crane at the entrance of St. Feriole Island.
The new king and queen said they live for the hours upon hours they spend casting for the perfect carp, or what they call the "great gold beast."
Of course, one of their favorite meals is smoked carp on Wonder Bread with just a little bit of Miracle Whip.