Missouri Resident Sets New State Record with Gigantic Bighead Carp Catch: From Fishing Chance to Dining Delight

Missouri fisherman catches record-breaking bighead carp

Missouri resident George Chance has set a new state record for the largest bighead carp caught in the state, weighing in at 97 pounds. He caught the fish while bank fishing for catfish on March 19 using a bottom-bouncing crankbait. The previous pole-and-line record was an 80-pound fish caught from Lake of the Ozarks in 2004.

Chance initially thought he had hooked into a flathead based on its slow movement, but after a grueling 20-minute battle, he was able to land it on shore. Upon closer inspection, he realized it was a carp and estimated its weight to be around 50 or 60 pounds. To confirm the weight, Chance took the fish to a nearby recycling center to use their scale.

The news came as a surprise to Chance, who had not expected such an outcome when he had set out to fish that morning. His catch is now recognized as both a state and world record, with Missouri being home to three state record fish for 2024 alone. The bighead carp surpasses the current pole-and-line world record weight of 90 pounds.

After his catch, Chance mentioned that he plans to eat the fish by incorporating it into his garden produce. The bighead carp found by Chance was full of eggs, indicating that it would likely have spawned in the spring. These invasive fish from Asia are encouraged to be harvested in order to help remove them from Missouri waters.

Missouri state record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods such as trotline, throwline, limb line and more. To learn more about state record fish in Missouri, visit the Missouri Department of Conservation’s website.

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