The Michigan DNR has confirmed that Benjamin Frey’s 8.25-pound quillback carpsucker is a new state record—one of five new records set in the state this year. The Grand Rapids bowfisherman (pictured second from left) landed the 22.6-inch quillback on Hardy Dam Pond on August 29.
According to the Cedar Springs Post, angler Randy Bonter nabbed the previous quillback record in 2012 on the very same body of water. It was an 8.12-pound fish measuring 23 inches. Michigan classifies its fishing records according to weight, though a DNR fisheries biologist must verify the species.
“2014 is shaping up to be quite a year for state-record catches, as this fish is the fifth one we’ve confirmed,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. Other records were set for brown bullhead, white perch, fathead catfish, and black buffalo. “These records continue to show just how phenomenal Michigan’s fishing is, and there’s still plenty of time left in the season for other anglers to catch their own potential state record.”