Father and son bring in a #8216;whale#039; of a catch
Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 9, 2007
There were no “fish tales” and no need for Charles DeVoss of Luverne to stretch the truth last week after a fishing trip with his son Hunter.
The father-and-son team reeled in a 76-pound carp out of the Alabama River on July 30. It was 4 feet, 1/8 inches long.
“I was actually fishing for catfish when I caught him,” Charles DeVoss said. “I thought I had a catfish on the line, but when he broke the surface, I realized I had a different kind of fish.”
It took DeVoss and his son, a third grader at Luverne Elementary School, one hour and thirty minutes to land the giant fish.
“Hunter netted him when we got him to the boat,” DeVoss said. “And then I dragged him onto the boat.”
The current state record for a white carp is 70 pounds; however, DeVoss has to get confirmation on the exact species of their catch.
“I've been told it could be a bighead carp, a white carp or a silver carp,” he said. “It might even be an albino fish, which means it could be even more than just a state record.”
After returning home, DeVoss and Hunter took the fish to Big Daddy's Outdoors to have it weighed. It is now at Milam Beasley's Wet and Wild Taxidermy where it will be mounted.
“The game and fish warden who saw it said those fish weren't supposed to be in our waters,” he added. “He said it was rare to see one much less catch one.”
This giant prize was caught using a Shakespeare rod and reel with a 10-pound test line.