Reeling In A Big One

Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 2:59pm

Fisherman lands 43 pound carp.

Fishing has been a big part of George Rose's life for more than 50 years, and in that time, he's reeled in some pretty big fish, but nothing quite like what he hooked during a trip this past weekend.

Rose went to one of his favorite spots along the New River near Radford, Virginia with his pole and his net and began casting his line.

"The water was nice and calm and I could see where the fish were feeding," said Rose. "I was able to cast corn out into that area."

After about 30 minutes, he got a bite -- and then some.

"When I was pulling back on it, the pole was just bending," said Rose. "It wasn't coming to me like normal, like a smaller fish would do."

He quickly learned this was no small fish, though, when it started to pull him.

For nearly half an hour, they played a wild game of tug-o-war.

Eventually he decided he wasn't going to win without a new strategy, so he grabbed his net and went deeper into the water.

"When the fish saw the net, it shot in, hit me in the leg, and knocked me down in the water," said Rose.

He held his ground though and came out victorious.

His prize -- a really big carp.

Using an electronic scale he had with him, he weighed the fish which came in at a whopping 43 pounds.

"The scales were like two inches long," said Rose. "I've never seen scales that big on a fish. The whole thing was completely mind-boggling when I caught it."

The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the state record for a carp is 49 pounds, 4 ounces.

Although Rose's fish didn't quite meet that mark, officials say 43 pounds is still pretty big.

After posing for a picture, Rose let the fish go back into the river -- but he says he'll keep the memory of his catch for a long time to come.

"Maybe I can do it again," said Rose.

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