Teen catches whale of a fish barehanded Jake Sawyer with a white amur, or grass carp, caught on a flooded street in northern Ohio (Michelle Sawyer/Facebook)
Teen catches whale of a fish barehanded
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A northern Ohio teenager is reeling in attention for a big catch after he spotted a 3-foot carp swimming in receding floodwaters on his street and scooped it into his arms as his mother caught the scene on video.

North Royalton resident Jake Sawyer, 16, waded through more than ankle-deep water as he stalked the big fish in the dark Monday night and eventually trapped it.

First he tried to throw a towel over it to stun it. He said when that didn't work, he tried to push it toward a curb.

"I just slowly put my hand on it, and then once it got comfortable with me, I just kind of bear-hugged it and lifted it up," he said.

Sawyer said heavy rains that day had caused flash-flooding as high as his mailbox, and he suspects the large grass carp slipped out of a nearby pond as the water rose.

He said he wanted to ensure the fish didn't become trapped and die in the street, so he carried it back to the pond. He estimates it weighed 40 pounds.

"I think our only option was to put it in the pond," he said. "I mean, I could've put it in my pool, but it would've died."

The result, he said, is one fishing tale he'll never forget.

Critical thinking challenge: Why would the fish have died in the pool? How is pool water different than pond water?

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COMMENTS (73)
  • CieraGreenQ4
    5/15/2014 - 04:42 p.m.

    Well thats cool, at least they didn't it it in the pool if they put it in the pool the chlorine would've killed the fish. Also it shouldn't have to live in a pool. It would have no space.

  • RyanSOrangeQ4
    5/15/2014 - 04:51 p.m.

    It's amazing how he caught that carp barehanded. I only went fishing a couple of times, and I caught a few fish. I am guessing that northern Ohio is a good fishing spot.

  • vleon16
    5/15/2014 - 04:59 p.m.

    That's cool! I would've done the same thing. We really have to think about how if we're nice to nature, nature will be nice to us. What you put out into the world comes back to you. The fish would have died because pool water has chlorine and other chemicals in it as to pond water, pond water is fresh water.

  • QuinnF-5
    5/15/2014 - 06:38 p.m.

    This article is about a 16 teen boy named Jake Sawyer. He was waded through more than ankle-deep water and he saw the big fish in the dark Monday night in northern Ohio. It was 3 foot long and its weight about 40 pounds. He tried to throw a towel over it to catch it and it didn't work. He than touch it and he lifted it up. It was raining that day, that why there was flood. He was going to bring it home because it could die so he put it back in the pond. I like this article because I had never find an animal in the flood street.

  • AlyseB-3
    5/15/2014 - 06:49 p.m.

    Recently Jake Sawyer, a teenager who lives in Ohio caught a grass carp with his own bare hands in the flood water in his street. The flash-flood water on his street was as high up as his mailbox, which I think is super scary. When he was catching the fish, first he tried to throw a towel over it but that didn't work, so he pushed it towards the curb and picked it up. This article was interesting to me because I have never been in or seen a flash-flood before.

  • NicholasF-2
    5/15/2014 - 07:10 p.m.

    A northern Ohio teenager spotted a three foot carp in receding flood waters. Royalton resident Jake Sawyer went through ankle deep water and trapped the fish. He tried throwing a towel over it but that didn't work. He then pushed it to a curb and it became comfortable with him and he picked it up and carried it over t the pond were it was from. Sawyer said that heavy rains caused the incident. He estimates that the fish was forty pounds. I think that this is very interesting and good that he had saved the animal.

  • AlexLJ-2
    5/15/2014 - 07:16 p.m.

    Jake Sawyer, a 16 year old resident of North Royalton spotted a 3-foot long carp in the flood waters around his home. He trapped the fish and caught it with his bare hands. I think its really cool that Jake was able to catch a fish like that.

  • BellaG-2
    5/15/2014 - 08:58 p.m.

    A sixteen year old boy from Ohio recently caught a huge fish. He spotted a 3-foot carp swimming in receding floodwaters on his street and snatched it. His mother was there and recorded his catch. Jake Sawyer from North Royalton, Ohio. Late on Monday night he waded through the flooded street to catch this giant fish. "I just slowly put my hand on it, and then once it got comfortable with me, I just kind of bear-hugged it and lifted it up," he said. Heavy rains had caused a flash flood and apparently the fish had flooded out of a nearby river. This fished weighed 40 pounds and he wanted to save it before it died in the street. "I think our only option was to put it in the pond," he said. "I mean, I could've put it in my pool, but it would've died."

  • davidt-Bash
    5/15/2014 - 09:32 p.m.

    That is amazing how that teen caught a real whale not because the tail is straight and a baby whale is bigger than that but still that's cool how he caught that catfish.

  • BaileyD-1
    5/15/2014 - 10:07 p.m.

    A 16 year old make from Northern Ohio catches a 3ft, 40lbs carp-fish barehanded. He said that the flash flooding caused the fish to escape their pond and swim the streets. When he caught it, he returned it to the pond so it tided not die. I think this is fascinating. I would have loved to be there when this happened.

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