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Brian Short’s record bighead carp

June 14, 2008

Illinois Outdoors

Big Fish Info

Species: Asian Carp

Size: 64 pounds

Date: June 14, 2008

County: Madison

Bryan Short of O’Fallon caught a 64-pound bighead carp while fishing on June 14, 2008 at Horseshoe Lake near Granite City.

Short took nearly an hour to land his 64-pounder, which bested the old state record of 47 pounds, 12 ounces from the Big Muddy River in Union County on May 20, 2005.

The fish was weighed on a state-certified scale at Collinsville Ice and Fuel. Short caught the fish on a deep-diving crankbait with a shad pattern on a baitcaster spooled with 12-pound test line. Wrote Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat:

Twice in a matter of 20 casts, Short had to cut his line for what he thought was a snag. On hindsight, he now believes it was two even bigger bighead carp, or the same one.

“Just because of the feeding that was happening in the general area, I think so,” Short said. “I can’t confirm it, but it is kind of a coincidence that you have two break off, then you get this.”

The third time it happened, Short thought he was caught on a rock or stump. Then, whatever was hooked started taking his line.

“When that happens, you know you have something decent,” said Short, who hooked the fish in the upper lip with one of the larger crankbait hooks. “I would have bet any amount of money that it was a big flathead catfish.”

Click here to read the rest of Kloeckner’s story on the record fish.

Biologists believe the fish may have migrated from the Mississippi River into Horseshoe Lake during the flood of 1993. All of which makes you wonder what this year’s flood will bring to lakes and ponds impacted by high water?

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ya i bet that fish “bit” the crankbait. this is a frikin joke. Sounds more like he snagged it by the mouth. what a waste of a record

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 12/28 at 02:38 AM

FISH ON!

Posted by HawgNSonsTV on 04/11 at 06:05 PM

Nevermind all the sceptics bout your catch. Point at hand is you caught it not fishing for it, it was caught on light line,  and its a tank!!!! Thumbs up to you Brian!!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 04/23 at 07:48 AM

So what if it “didn’t bite” the crank? They will not take anything anyways because they feed on plankton. I caught a paddlefish in the same manner, I know better than to think that the paddlefish bit my crappie jig.

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