Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
Four guys took turns landing one of the great fish — a 31-inch-long carp with a girth of 181/2 inches — caught during our winter of extended ice fishing.
Bill Lanham, Alan Epich, Chuck Erdman Sr. and Chas Erdman Jr. were fishing for bluegills and perch on a barrow pit near Rochelle last month when Lanham hooked the big fish. He was using a Lindy Frostee Jigging Spoon tipped with a wax worm in 20 feet of water.
‘‘Luckily he had three assistants there to eagerly help him out,’’ Epich e-mailed.
At first they thought it was a big largemouth bass, then a big walleye, then a muskie as all four battled the fish in a ‘‘game of tug of war.’’
‘‘Boy, were we surprised when — about 40 minutes after the battle began — Alan Epich reached down and pulled the sucker [figure of speech] out of the [8-inch] ice tube by its bugle lips,’’ Lanham e-mailed.
They estimated the weight of the carp at 17 to 20 pounds.
‘‘What a beautiful and wonderful fish,’’ Lanham e-mailed. ‘‘Not a bit of sliminess to it, and the colors [are] simply magnificent. That big ol’ carp put big ol’ smiles on all of our rosy cheeks.’’
The Fish of the Week was released.
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