Took my son (7 years old yesterday) & his 3 year old twin brother & sister along w/ my wife to the river on Monday. Drew caught his 1st carp. It was a whopping 1-1.5 #'s! I let him use my ultra light w/ 4 # test, it still put up quite a fight. The twins started going crazy about 15 minutes into everything. I guess we stayed 20 minutes or so. This spot I reply on "sight fishing" & the water was very dark, so I couldnt tell excatlly where they were. It was still fun.I didnt have a landing mat or anything like that, so the carp got muddy, we tried the best we could to keep it clean. The best part of the whole deal was that Drew was just as happy as I was to release him back into the water. That made me VERY happy. FYI: If it was late April or early May theres a good chance that little guy would not have made it back in the water, unless it was on a hook!