Record-Breaking Bighead Carp Caught by Missouri Resident George Chance: What You Need to Know

Missouri fisherman catches record-breaking bighead carp

Festus resident George Chance has set a new state record for the largest bighead carp caught in Missouri with his 97-pound catch on March 19. He was bank fishing for catfish with a bottom-bouncing crankbait when he hooked into the fish, initially thinking it could be a flathead based on its slow movement. After a 20-minute battle, he was able to get the fish onto the shore and upon closer inspection, 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. He later learned that his catch not only broke the state record but also the pole-and-line world record weight of 90 pounds.

Chance’s catch is the third state record fish recorded for 2024 in Missouri. The bighead carp also surpasses the current pole-and-line world record weight of 90 pounds. Following his catch, Chance mentioned that he plans to eat the fish by incorporating it into his garden produce. The bighead carp caught by Chance was found to be 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. The use of alternative methods includes various fishing techniques 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.

Chance’s catch has been hailed as an impressive feat of fishing prowess and has inspired many anglers to pursue bighead carp on their own adventures on Missouri’s waters.

As anglers continue to pursue these magnificent creatures, it is important to understand their behavior and habits in order to ensure their survival and preserve our waterways for future generations of fishermen and women.

In conclusion, George Chance’s massive 97-pound bighead carp has set a new state record for Missouri and has captured the attention of fishermen across the country. With continued efforts from conservationists and anglers alike, we can hope to see more impressive catches like this one in years to come.

The previous pole-and-line state record was an 80-pound fish caught from Lake Ozark in 2004.

To confirm its weight, Chance took it

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