In an amazing turn of events, it has been determined that a Fort Worth angler in March established the new state record for common carp with the same fish that held the previous state record three years ago. K.C. Crawford hauled in the monstrous 43 lbs. 12 oz. common carp during the Carp Anglers Group’s 8th Annual Austin Team Championship at Lady Bird Lake in late March. TPWD has ratified the catch as the newest state record for common carp, knocking out Al St. Cyr’s 43 lbs. 2 oz. record from 2006. Experts were able to compare distinctive markings and scale patterns from archived photographs of St. Cyr’s former record catch and determined precise matches to confirm Crawford’s new record is the same fish.
The carp was re-released back to Lady Bird Lake. Thirty-four anglers–some from as far as South Africa and Mexico–participated in this year’s 26-hour Austin tournament. The membership-based Carp Anglers Group two years ago lobbied and supported TPWD designating Lady Bird Lake as a trophy lake for catch-and-release carp anglers.