By Branden Ferguson, Multimedia Video Journalist - bio | email
Grand Lake St. Mary's -
More than 150 people registered for the third annual "Get the Carp Outta Here" event. The event was created to remove the rough fish from the lake as they stir up phosphorus latent silt, which the blue green algae feeds off of. Last year more than five tons of carp were removed from the lake by fisherman using poles and some using bows.
Tony Lightly taking aim with a bow this weekend, at a lake he hasn't visited in a few years. After seeing the lake's current condition, he expects to come back later this year.
Dan Manning, owner of The Outdoorsman, in St. Marys, is excited to see continued clean up efforts on the lake, and says this weekend's event stretches far beyond two days of fishing. He has found himself ordering more carp baits and bow and arrow equipment for those looking to catch carp year round.
Get the Carp Outta Here is great for Grand Lake St. Marys, but is also good for the local economy as people buy food, gas and fishing bait.
This year, awards go to those who reel in the largest amount of fish, with special awards going to the heaviest catch. As of Saturday afternoon, the record total was more than 50 fish and the heaviest carp weighed in at 15.4 pounds.