Record carp sets new bowfishing mark
A Toledo bow fisherman can't carp about his recent catch in Lake Erie.
A whopping, nearly 54-pound carp is now in the record book as the largest taken by a bow fisherman, the DNR Division of Wildlife announced.
The Outdoor Writers of Ohio State Record Fish Committee officially certified the 53.65-pound fish arrowed June 9 by Patrick Johnson of Toledo from Lake Erie. Johnson used a fish point at the end of the 200-test Fast Flight line.
The fish measured 45 inches long and 32 1/4 in girth, according to a news release.
Johnson's trophy catch outweighs a carp shot by Rich Cady in 2008 in Sandusky Bay, which weighed 47.65 pounds and measured 38 inches long. Ohio's record fish are certified by the fish committee with help of DOW fisheries biologists.
Johnson was in record-setting company when he shot his record carp.
"My friend, Brent (McGlone) helped me land it, and he said, 'Dude, you got it,' " Johnson said of a possible record fish on his line. "I knew it was big. It was surreal."
McGlone, of Toledo, arrowed a record sucker in 2007 in Maumee River ripples, which weighed 11.21 pounds and measured 31.5 inches long.
Johnson said his record carp is headed for his trophy wall and he said he is optimistic the carp will be the record species for some time. Johnson was reached by telephone in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while fishing for barracuda.
Bow fishers can legally target rough or forage fish such as carp along with quillback, suckers, bowfin, gar, buffalo, gizzard shad, goldfish, and, in Lake Erie, sheepshead, according to the DOW.