First he tried to throw a towel over it to stun it. He said when that didn’t work, he tried to push it toward a curb.
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“I just slowly put my hand on it, and then once it got comfortable with me, I just kind of bear-hugged it and lifted it up,” he told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Sawyer said heavy rains that day caused flashflooding as high as his mailbox, and he suspects the large grass carp slipped out of a nearby pond as the water rose.
He said he wanted to ensure the fish didn’t become trapped and die in the street, so he carried it back to the pond. He estimates it weighed 40 pounds.
“I think our only option was to put it in the pond” he said. “I mean, I could’ve put it in my pool, but it would’ve died”
The result, he said, is one fishing tale he’ll never forget.