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Perry County Man Bowfishes World & State Record Bighead Carp

(Perryville) Another world and state record fish and it’s another fisherman from the listening area who broke the records.

Matt Neuling of Perryville is now the Missouri record holder under alternative methods after he shot a colossal 125-pound, 5-ounce big-head carp.

Neuling was bowfishing with a friend on July 24th at Lake Perry in Perryville when he shot the mammoth.

Neuling says “I was out with my buddy early that morning when we both shot what we thought was a 30-pound grass carp, My buddy’s arrow pulled out but mine shot straight through and stayed in there.” 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.

He said “We just couldn’t believe it. 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.” said Neuling.

This is the eighth state record fish recorded in 2021 in Missouri.

This catch also beats the existing bowfishing world record of 104-pounds, 15-ounces.

Six of the eight records have some type of tie to the Regional Radio listening area.

They were either caught by fishermen from the area or caught by fisherman within the listening area.

Missouri Department of Conservation Fisheries staff took the head of the fish in an effort to age it, while Neuling used other parts of the giant carp for catfish bait.

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