54-pound grass carp sets Georgia bowfishing record – Georgia Outdoor News
Sometimes when shooting fish with a bow from the front of the boat things go fast. Action can happen in a flash. Such was the case on the evening of June 30 for a group of bow anglers at Bartletts Ferry, also known as Lake Harding.
JD Bond of McDonough saw a very large carp lying on the bottom of the lake in only 2ft of water but was almost right under the boat before he realized it was a fish. Instinctively, he drew his bow, armed with a tough AMS fiberglass arrow, and shot a pearl down the shaft. JD let it rip, and in an instant the fish leaped up and disappeared under the boat. He thought he had hit it but wasn’t sure until the line started to pull away from his AMS Mega Mount Reel.
The fish didn’t slow down, and soon his bowfishing partners Rodney Witt and David Keener decided they had better start chasing big carp with the boat before he broke the line. By closing the distance and with JD retrieving a line, both Rodney and David were able to put arrows in the fish and anchor it. When they hoisted the carp into the boat, Rodney said. “Hey, I think we have a record, that’s a big carp!”
Sure enough, they had it weighed on certified scales and it set a new official BAA (Bowfishing Association of America) record at 54 pounds for grass carp. BAA records are available online.
The three were moving slowly around the shallows of Bartletts Ferry, located on the Georgia-Alabama border on the Chattahoochee River near Columbus, when they spotted this fish in the evening after sunset on June 30. a Weldbilt model 2070 boat with a small 9.9 horsepower engine, customized for bow fishing with raised shooting platforms and powerful searchlights so they can see fish in shallow areas.
Rodney is retired from the Clayton County Water Authority, while David still works there. J. D builds houses and bowfishes with this group whenever he gets the chance. They say, “Try it and you’ll like it!”