Fishing guide Bryan Baker, 50, of Miami, Oklahoma, snagged a huge invasive bighead carp this week that has been declared the new Oklahoma state-record for the species.
“I was in 12-feet of water when I spotted the huge fish on my boat’s Livescope sonar, made a cast, snagged the fish, and had it at the boat and in it in just six minutes,” Baker tells Outdoor Life. “I don’t mess around with these big fish. So when I got her close to my boat, I grabbed her with my hands and hauled her aboard.”
Oklahoma’s Department of Wildlife Conservation declared Baker’s carp as the state record in a Facebook post last week, with an official weight of 118 pounds, 3 ounces. ODWC has asked anglers to help catch and remove invasive carp from Grand Lake, and anglers such as Baker have rallied to the call.
Baker, who has run Spoonbill Wreckers guide service for 14 years, chiefly targets paddlefish, or spoonbills. But when…