Victor Siwick of Reagan, Tennessee, was on a fishing trip with his wife to Reelfoot Lake on May 29 when he fished, having planned to call him daily. Fortunately, he didn’t, and so the Swiki gained praise and attention in the Tennessee fishing community.
According to Field and Stream, Siwik headed to the lake for a solo fishing session while his wife slept, but he got more than he bargained for, catching 4 feet 1 inch of the 41-pound rare bighead carp.
But the most rare was the coloration of the fish in a completely white shade with yellow and black markings.
Although not the largest carp you can find (bighead carp can weigh up to 100 pounds), this particular carp is presumed to suffer from leucism, a condition that leads to a deficiency of melanin and a partial loss of pigmentation in the animals.
“I’ve never seen or caught a fish like this in real life,” Siwki told Field and Stream. “The first thing I thought was ‘Thank God,’ because I knew I was lucky. After that, I was so excited to show it to my wife.”
Fishing was by no means easy, Siwick explained, as he spent 15 minutes fighting the fish and had to jump into the water and grab it by the mouth with his hands before pulling it out.
Siwik gained attention online after sharing his catch with a local fishing group on Facebook, and posting photos of a monster fish. He wrote, “She almost took the penis off my hand when I first delivered. I knew it was big and I couldn’t ride it either.”
“I let him tire himself but when I got to the bank I put my arm in his mouth.”
Siwik was on the verge of giving up before catching rare and impressive fish, having only managed to catch silver carp.
Although he caught 20 of them, the fish is an invasive species, known for jumping out of the water. On the trip, he hoped to catch a paddlefish.
Now, Siwick said he plans to increase his catch to mark the occasion. “I’ve never really thought about fitting a fish, but I think I will. I’ve taken many measurements and pictures so it should be possible,” he wrote on Facebook.
Just this week, a Maryland fisherman broke a 44-year record after catching a giant carp while fishing on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.
An angler has caught a 49-pound carp, making it a new record for carp in the Chesapeake Department, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said.
NEWSWEEK He contacted Victor Siwick for comment.