Tried carp a couple of times here, even steamed one whole (to get around the bone problem) it still tasted pretty muddy.
But I agree, it is one of my preferred Catfish baits.
I love catching them on rod and reel, especially on fairly light tackle. Their first run can be blistering. Since I"m mostly out there to get a "bend in my rod" they fit the bill nicely. Catching a 20lb carp on light spinning tackle with 8-10 lb line is for sure a blast.
For bait I prefer to scale them, then fillet the meat off the backbone, ribs. Cut into chunks, drop into ziplock bag with as much of the blood as I can scrape up.
I'm thinking about leaving a batch outside for 24 hours in the sun before freezing to get it to "ripen up" a bit more.
After a bag has made a couple of trips, frozen, thawed, refrozen a few times the ones at the bottom are getting pretty soft, and ripe. They work the best.