New Jersey confirms new state record grass carp
The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed that a 55-pound, 8-ounce grass carp landed on May 12 is a new state record for the species.
The huge carp, caught by James Dempsey Jr. of Ewing, N.J., while fishing Curlis Lake, surpassed the previous record set in 2008 by Homer Tye by 1 pound, 1 ounce. Tye's fish was caught at the same lake.
It took Dempsey two hours to land the behemoth, which measured 47 3/4-inches in length and had a 30-inch girth.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: It took James Dempsey Jr. two hours to land this 55-pound, 8-ounce grass carp, a New Jersey state record. Credit: New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife