Angler in Missouri reels in world record bighead carp

Festus Angler Sets New World Record for Bighead Carp Caught with Pole-and-Line

George Chance of Festus made history after catching a massive 97-pound bighead carp from the Mississippi River. On March 19, Chance was fishing for catfish with a bottom-bouncing crankbait when he hooked into the fish. Initially, he thought it could be a flathead based on how it was fighting, but after around 20 minutes of struggle, he was able to get it onto the shore where he estimated its weight to be around 50-60 pounds.

Chance took the fish to a nearby recycling center to weigh it using their scale, and to his surprise, he found out that not only was it a state record but also a world record for bighead carp caught with a pole-and-line. This marks the third state record fish recorded in Missouri in 2024.

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) recognizes state record fish in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods like trotline, throwline, limb line, and more. To apply for recognition for your catch, visit the MDC website. Chance plans to enjoy his catch by using it as fertilizer in his garden for tomatoes and cucumbers. However, the carp was full of eggs and would have likely spawned in the spring if not removed from Missouri waters. The MDC encourages people to harvest carp as they help remove them from water bodies in Missouri.

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