This may be just the first of many records for Laken Fleming.
If Laken Fleming sounds familiar to you, there’s a good reason for it. Her father is a famous fisherman in his own right. Curtis Fleming, host of The Outdoor Channel’s “Fly Rod Chronicles” is doing things right with the upbringing of his daughter. If this pending line class IGFA carp record is any indication, Laken is definitely following in her father’s footsteps.
“When I had him on the line, I knew it wasn’t a guarantee that it was going to be a world record, but once I got him in the boat I could see it was evident this could be a contender,” Laken said in an interview with the Connect Bridgeport News. “And then my mind kind of went blank. I mean how do you put into words that you’re about to break a world record?”
Caught on her sixth cast from Stonewall Jackson Lake out of West Virginia, this 14.25 pound, 33 inch carp easily broke the line class record record for 12 pound tippet. The previous record was only eight pounds so this pending IGFA carp record should be verified and put in the books in fairly quick order.
“I have fought sharks in the Bahamas and Belize, but I had yet to fight a fish in the U.S. that fought as hard as this carp did,” Laken said.
This coming August, Laken will be a senior at West Virginia University. Should she decide to start a career in fishing, she seems to be on the right track.