51-pound carp goes into the record books ahead of a 50-pound lake trout caught in Blue Mesa Reservoir a few years ago
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — It took nearly 30 tense minutes of reeling and maneuvering, but at the end of the battle, 14-year-old Cody Moreland entered the Colorado record books by landing a 51-pound grass carp — the largest fish ever caught in Colorado.
Moreland often fishes for bass and carp at the Prospect Park lake in Jefferson County, and when he saw a large carp tailing out in the deeper water, he cast a minnow-like Rapala lure to tempt the big fish.
“I knew they would probably hit the Rapala because I’ve caught smaller carp using that same technique before,” Moreland said. The young angler was using a 14-pound test line with a Zebco rod and reel when he landed the mammoth carp. “This was my first cast of the day but I could tell right away that this was a huge fish,” said Moreland. “I had to make sure my drag was set just right to keep from losing it.” (more…)
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