Perryville man shoots state record bighead carp

A Perryville, Mo. man shot a 125-pound, 5-ounce bighead carp.
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Matt Neuling of Perryville shot a 125-pound, 5-ounce fish at Perry Lake. (Source: Missouri Department of Conservation)

PERRYVILE, Mo. (KBSI) – A Perryville man is the latest state record holder under alternative methods after shooting a 125-pound, 5-ounce bighead carp in July.

Matt Neuling of Perryville was bowfishing with a friend when he shot the whopper at Lake Perry on July 24, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation. He said they both shot what they though was a 30-pound grass carp. His arrow stayed in the fish, but his friend’s arrow pulled out.

The carp was weighed on a certified scale in Perry County. It’s the eighth state record fish recorded in 2021. This catch also beats the existing bowfishing world record of 104-pounds, 15-ounces.

Neuling said his friend was eventually able to shoot another arrow into the fish, but they were shocked at just how massive their fish turned out to be.

“We just couldn’t believe it,” Neulinge said. “We knew what type of fish it was, but we had never seen one that size. This thing is a straight up monster. A five-gallon bucket could easily fit in its mouth. If my buddy wasn’t with me, there was no way I could have pulled it out of the water.”

MDC Fisheries staff took the head of the fish in an effort to age it, while Neuling used other parts of the fish for catfish bait. A MDC fisheries program specialist estimates the fish to be at least 10 years old.

Missouri state record fish are recognized in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. Alternative methods include: throwlines, limb lines, bank lines, jug lines, spearfishing, snagging, snaring, gigging, grabbing, archery, and atlatl.

Bighead carp are an invasive fish from Asia. Those fishing are encouraged to harvest the fish to remove them from Missouri waters.

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