GROVE — A weekend fishing trip for crappie and bass turned into a golden experience when a Tulsa man reeled in a mammoth goldfish.
As far as fish tales goes … maybe mammoth is stretching the story a bit, but a 2½-pound goldfish is certainly an unusual catch.
Daxton Neal, 35, of Tulsa, was on a weekend fishing outing with friends on Grand Lake last month when he caught the lunker goldfish.
“We had been fishing the day before in the Honey Creek Resort area, and had caught a good mess of crappie, and a few good-size bass,” Neal said.
The group launched out in Neal's boat from Honey Creek Resort. As the boat was maneuvering around the docks and throughout the coves, Neal's ultralight fishing pole began to jump.
“I kept an ultralight with a minnow hanging off the boat just in case we ran across a school of crappie while we were bass fishing,” Neal said. “When I saw the rod tip bend almost into the water, I thought I had just snagged a bass.”
The sight of an orange-colored fish just below the water surface caught the anglers by surprise. The goldfish was the biggest fish any of the anglers caught that weekend, he said.
“I suppose I could have kept him in an effort to establish a new lake record — ‘biggest goldfish,'” Neal joked.
Goldfish is not one of the 13 species the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation recognizes as lake records and state wildlife officials really don't want them in lakes.
Although rare, Neal is not the first angler to catch a big goldfish from Oklahoma waters, said Greg Summers, who is in charge of the lake records program for the Wildlife Department.
Summers knows of goldfish weighing up to 4 pounds that have been caught. Some anglers will use goldfish as brightly-colored bait for catfish and that's most likely how they get into lakes, he said.
“Ever once in a while you will get one,” Summers said of a big goldfish. “Fish will grow depending on the size (of waters) they are contained in.”
Ironically, Neal who owns Redfish Advertising, is now considering changing the name of his company to Goldfish Advertising.