46-Pound Monster Carp Landed – With a Cross Bow!
MassWildlife reported in a blog post on May 2 that a new state record carp was landed by angler Shane Felch of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The carp was taken from Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury and weighed a staggering 46 pounds, 5 ounces, breaking the 1993 state carp record of 44 pounds 2 ounces set by Roger Pyzocha with a fish he caught on the Connecticut River.
Here’s where it gets really interesting: Shane took his fish with a cross bow, which requires a special permit for hunting and fishing in Massachusetts. Carp are one of the few freshwater fish in Massachusetts which can be taken by either using a hook, line or bow and arrow. A line on the crossbow bolt is connected to a reel, which is attached to the bow. When the bolt is released, the angler can then use the bow to reel in the fish.
I had no idea that carp could be hunted with cross bow in Massachusetts. And while I’m sure that some folks will say that bowhunting carp isn’t sporting, I have to admit that it sounds pretty exciting – just too bad there’s no option to release the fish to fight again. Perhaps someone could invent a bowfishing arrow with a suction cup tip?
While Shane’s catch is certainly an amazing one deserving of recognition, I do think that there should be a separate record category for fish shot with a cross bow, versus caught with a traditional hook and line.
UPDATE: It turns out that the big mirror carp of Lake Quinsigamond was well known to carp fishing enthusiasts. Mirror carp have unique scale patterns that allow them to be identified as individuals. This particular carp had been caught and released several times in recent years and even stood as the US Record for the Carp Anglers Group.