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That's a GIANT carp!

by Maggie O'Mara

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Posted on July 27, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:24 PM

A couple of Idaho bow fishermen brought in close to a 70 pound carp at C.J. Strike Reservoir over the weekend! This is the real deal!

At first I thought the pictures were photo shopped, but then I heard from one of the anglers - Brian Pokorney - who caught the big guy himself. He sent me these amazing photos and a very descriptive e-mail about the incredible experience. I wanted to share it with all of you!

My buddy Tony Frazier and I were in The Idaho State Bow Fishing Championship Tournament at C.J. Strike reservoir over the weekend, and shot this 67.65 lb common carp at about 1:30 pm on Saturday the 23rd. He saw the fish, it was on my side of the boat so I shot it and when it came out of the water we about fell out of the boat because it was so big!! He then shot it as well so we had two arrows in it, took us only about 5 minutes to land but it sure was a pain to get in the boat.

It was a total team effort, we never would have gotten it in the boat without both of us shooting it and landing it, as my line got slack when I laid my bow down to grab the fish. It thrashed the first time I tried to lift it in the boat and flung my arrow out so then we only had it with one arrow! Tony held pressure on it while I laid on the back of the boat and wrestled it in, then we stood there and whooped and hollered for a few minutes trying to quit shaking!!

It was officially weighed by Idaho Fish and Game on Monday, and when the paperwork is done it will be the new state record common carp.

Brian Pokorney

It looks like it wasn't easy to haul off, either... that's a big one.

Congrats to Brian and Tony!