Fish caught in Western Mass. could be world record

SHEFFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from eastern Massachusetts has caught a giant carp while ice fishing in the Berkshires; a catch that may prove to be a world record.

Andrew Plumridge of Sharon pulled the 35 3/4-inch, 32-pound, 2-ounce carp from the Housatonic River in Sheffield late last month.

Paul Tawczynski, owner of the fishing guide company, says the fish was so big it at first didn’t fit through the 8-inch hole in the ice.

The giant carp could set an ice fishing world record in the new catch-and-release category, pending verification from the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wis.

Business manager Kathy Polich tells The Berkshire Eagle it usually takes two to four weeks to verify a record, but she says if everything checks out, it will be a record.

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