When Kuna's Brian Pokorney let fly with an arrow this past Saturday, he had no idea just how large the carp in his sights might be.
It took another arrow from teammate Scott Frazier and both men working together to boat what ultimately was a new state record common carp.
At nearly 4 feet in length and weighing in at 67.65 pounds, the carp crushed the previous record - also taken with bow and arrow in 2010 - by nearly 20 pounds, and was only a few pounds short of the all-tackle world record for common carp.
The two men were participating in the Idaho Bow Fishing Association's two-day state championship tournament at C.J. Strike Reservoir when they spotted the prize fish five feet below the surface.
"At that point we estimated the carp's weight at around 30 pounds," Frazier said.
Pokorney's arrow struck home and the fish quickly surfaced, giving Frazier a chance for a second shot. With Frazier holding a tight line on his arrow, Pokorney was able to wrestle the carp into the boat.
Frazier brought the giant fish to the Nampa Fish and Game office on Monday for certification. Fish and Game staffer Joe Kozfkay established an official weight along with a total length of 47 inches and a girth of 34.5 inches.
The memories of that day should stay with Pokorney and Frazier for some time; Frazier plans to have the carp taxidermied.
"Absolutely," Frazier said when asked whether he planned to hang the fish on his wall. "This is one of the most exciting things I've ever experienced."