Cody Moreland caught the 51-pound grass carp while fishing at Prospect Lake Park on June 4.
Moreland regularly fishes in the small Jefferson County lake and says he caught the record-setting fish using a Rapala Dives-To lure, a 14-pound line and a Zebco rod and reel.
Cody says he went to the lake looking for bass, but changed his mind when he saw the carp.
"When I got to the lake, I could see carp 'tailing' quite a ways out from the shore," Moreland told the Colorado Division of Wildlife. "I knew they would probably hit the Rapala because I've caught smaller carp using that same technique before."
It was about 3 p.m. when the monster fish grabbed the lure.
It took Cody 25 minutes, but he finally landed the fish in front of a bunch of spectators who had gathered to watch him.
"Everyone was in awe when I finally landed the fish," Moreland told the DOW. "Even my grandfather was shocked. He just kept saying, 'Wow, that is the biggest fish I've ever seen.'"
The carp is 42 inches long and 28 inches in girth. It is nearly 7 pounds heavier than the previous record, caught in Larimer County in 2006.
Cody says he started fishing when he was 3 or 4 years old.
To view Colorado's Fishing Records, visit the DOW website at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/Fishing/AwardsRecords/.
To see more pictures of Cody and his fish, visit http://wildlife.state.co.us/apps/ImageDB/ImageDownload.aspx?ImageId=25836&ImageSize=Print&ImageType=jpg.
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