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Vermont Boy Reels in a record-setting Carp

(John Stokes via AP)

A 10-year-old who reeled in a giant carp says he knew it was a record contender before he at any point got it aground.

Chase Stokes’ fish did, in reality, set a state record in Vermont. It tipped the scales at 33.25 pounds (15.08 kilograms).

The Rutland Herald reports the carp was weighed at a goad and handle shop in New York in April. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department made the record official a month ago. The fish was a quarter-pound greater than the past record holder.

Stirs, now 11, said he prefers angle for carp because they’re “hard to find.”

Shawn Good from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department called the kid an “fishing maniac.” He said Stokes has landed the most trophy angle in Vermont’s Master Angler Program.