The fish kill and Asian carp story at Garfield Park just keeps getting weirder, now treading into record territory.
Apparently, Spencer Miller caught the Illinois record bighead carp last evening.
However, until it was weighed on a big enough certified scale, it was short by ounces of the Illinois record.
But that record may yet come from Garfield Park.
First, Miller's tale.
He was fishing with Sonny's stink bait for catfish during the kill Thursday because you could see the big fish moving. He was using 30-pound line and a fiberglass rod.
He took it to be weighed at Henry's. Originally, the 49-inch fish was weighed at 84 pounds, but Tom Palmisano later rechecked it as closer to 70 pounds.
Then Palmisano called and asked what the Illinois record was. Told it was 69 pounds, he hustled the fish to a bigger certified scale at Abacus Scales this afternoon, where it weighed 68.3 pounds.
That's just short of the Illinois record of 69 pounds Jack Bailey caught from the Carlyle Lake tailwaters on May 4.
Fish routinely lose as much as 10 percent of their weight in handling, so Miller probably had the record by a couple pounds.
``Oh, man,'' Miller joked. ``Oh, boy. I should have filled him with water.''
Now, the second part of this tale.
There may yet be a record bighead caught/snagged from Garfield Park.
Chicago fisherman Roy Gilcrease said the remaining live fish are stacked near a freshwater supply on the north side of the lagoon in a pecking order: carp of 30 pounds and heavier on one side with catfish and Koi on the other side with bluegill and bass mixed between.
He said there was at least 15 of what he thought were large bighead carp.
Apparently, he was right on that.
Palmisano just called and said at least five bigheads of around 47 inches were caught or snagged in the past hour or so.
This story just keeps getting weirder.
I have called the Asian carp saga the biggest boondoggle in Chicago outdoors. This story just adds another chapter to it.