For the first time since he was a Cub Scout, Mark S. went fishing Friday at the jamboree — and he broke the world record for catching the largest grass carp with a fishing rod without a reel.
The fish weighed in at a whopping 22 pounds and was 39 inches long.
Mark is a 15-year-old Life Scout from Troop 1444, from the National Capital Area Council. As luck would have it, Mark was accompanied on the Goodrich Lake fishing dock by the previous record holder, Pacifico (PJ) Perea, a fishing staff member.
Perea is from the Georgia-Carolina Council and has held the record since catching a 18-pound 3-ounce grass carp in his youth using the same type of pole as Mark. Perea is also a coach with the United States Angling Federation and a former member of Team USA Match Fishing.