It looks like Town Lake may have produced a $250,000 common carp today after a Texas angler pulled a 43lb 2oz common carp from the waters in Austin early this evening. 


Al St. Cyr, a Denton native who resides in Austin, landed the fish during The Texas Carp Challenge’s final twenty-four hours, and pending verification, St. Cyr’s carp will qualify him for the huge bonus prize at tomorrow’s awards ceremonies at Cabela’s in Buda. 


The American Carp Society is offering the prize to the one angler who breaks the current Texas state record of 41lb 8oz for common carp and establishes the new record during the five-day competition .

In other news, Scott Osmond of Boston MA is currently a qualifier for another bonus prize. $25,000 could be Osmond’s as his catch of 130-1-0 puts him in the lead for the prize, more often called the Big Four, which is based on the sum total of the angler’s largest four fish totaling over 130lb. 

The contest continues through 5pm Friday and is capped off with the awards ceremony at Cabela’s in Buda at 8pm and is open to the public. 


The Cabela’s is serving as a host sponsor for the Texas Carp Challenge. Updated information and the TCC leader board can be found on the American Carp Society’s website –

The American Carp Society is dedicated to the sport of catch and release carp fishing and promotes the conservation of the species. 

The event is sponsored by – Cabela’s, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Big Carp Tackle, EconoLodge, Speedtech Instruments, Anglers Edge Plus, Nature’s Perfect Oils, Boater’s World Austin, Enterprise Tackle