NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio (AP) — A northern Ohio teenager is reeling in attention for a big catch after he spotted a 3-foot carp swimming in receding floodwaters on his street and scooped it into his arms as his mother caught the scene on video.
Sixteen-year-old North Royalton resident Jake Sawyer waded through more than ankle-deep water as he stalked the big fish in the dark Monday night and eventually trapped it.
He says he suspects the large grass carp came from a nearby pond, which swelled during heavy rains that caused flash-flooding in the area.
He says he wanted to ensure the fish didn’t become trapped and die in the street, so he carried it back to the pond. He estimates it weighed 40 pounds.
He says it’s a fishing tale he’ll never forget.