Today I got the fish I have been chasing for a long time in my dreams. MY FIRST FORTY POUND CARP! I have come close in the last three years, landing nine fish in the thirties so I knew this beast was just a matter of time with a little luck mixed in. I knew I had a forty as the fish came into sight close to the net after a tug of war battle in which the monster stayed right along the bottom the whole time. Once on shore, the huge mirror pulled my Rueben Heaton scale to 40 lbs. 8 oz., making this a PB mirror for me and the largest carp I have ever caught. The fish measured 40 inches long and had a gut that looked like it swallowed a beer barrel. I suspect it was also full of eggs. It was landed in MA waters so it will not qualify as a RI CAG record.