Is Bowfisherman Getting Shafted Over Carp Record?

According to this Pittsburgh Tribune-Review story, on May 9th in Presque Isle Bay, bowfisherman Denny Russian of New Alexandria, PA, arrowed a 54-pound carp, which was two pounds heavier than the existing Keystone State mark. But fisheries authorities rejected his record application because the catch was a grass carp and not a common carp, which is the species they say the record applies to.

Naturally, that didn’t sit well with the angler, whose lawyer has now filed a formal complaint with the state Fish and Boat Commission. He says that the record category at the time made no mention of any carp subspecies being included or excluded.

Both sides will present arguments in an upcoming trial-like hearing, the first of its kind in the record program’s history. Check out this story and tell us what you think. Should Russian get his record?