Ayden Minick of Mt. Pleasant, PA traveled to Lake Summersville in West Virginia for a fishing trip with friends and managed to land a large common carp while there.
The fish measured 45 pounds on an official DNR scale, according to MetroNews. That’s less than when Minick measured it on an unofficial scale. He originally weighed the fish at 47 pounds, which is nowhere near the state record of 59 pounds. The fish, however, broke the state length record by measuring 41.2 inches. The old state record was even 41 inches.
Minick and his friend Derrick Williams almost skipped the fishing event, due to bad weather, but decided to go anyway so as not to disappoint their host.
“It’s a meeting for carp anglers and we had been planning it for about a month. We were arriving later in the week and could see it was going to rain, but we didn’t want to cancel on it, it wouldn’t be right. But the man made it rain. It was crazy,” he said.
According to Minick, the rising waters and increased water temperature mixed with the time of year meant the carp were feeding before spawning.
“The water was rising fast. Where we stopped there was a rock sticking out about a foot from the water. By the time I put everything in place, which takes about half an hour, the rock was underwater. It was rising fast and the temperature of the water was rising just as fast.
Minick used pack bait and fished a drop off just off a mudflat. Earlier in the day he caught two more carp. One weighed 19 pounds and the other weighed 26 pounds. The big carp hit his bait around noon.
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“It was a very slow take,” he said. “I picked up and the rod doubled up and it was moving slowly and I couldn’t get it to come up at all. It took about 15 or 20 minutes because he kept shooting. I’ve never seen it and usually when they stay on the ground you know it’s going to be a really good fish.