They make good cutbait. But also, are supposedly delicious. Just because they have "carp" in their name doesnt mean they're like our native carp. The meat is white and flaky when cooked. They are HEALTHIER than salmon, and are a better source of omega 3. In Asia where the fish is originally from, the rivers are almost fished out because people like them so well. Of course I do know that Asians (people) eat some wierd things lol. But seriously, maybe you should keep one someday and just try it. I mean people used to think tomatoes were poisionous. And I hear more and more people saying that those silver carp and bighead carp are NO comparison to common carp. I for one plan on keeping some the next time I get lucky enough to get a live one. I know there was already a post about silver carp. Put some in a smoker and smoke some. I hear its awesome.