(CBS) — A suburban man is recovering today after spending 24-hours pulling bluegill, shiners, bass and carp out of a pond in Oak Brook Terrace from Friday morning to this morning in an attempt to set a new world record, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
Johnny Wilkins came up short of the world record 2,649 fish, but he did catch a lot.
“I ended up with 2,011 fish. I was kind of heartbroken about 4 a.m. when I was doing the math in my head and I am really tired and I just thought, ‘There is no way,’” said Wilkins.
Part of the problem he says were some big carp that scared the small fish away.
To beat the record, he’d have needed to catch 1.8 fish an minute. He was tired and sore, especially the hand that was punctured so many times by needle-like barbs on some of the fish.
“I am all pruney-hand and carved up from catching fish. 2,000 fish is kind of a lot for one day,” said Wilkins.
He will try again next year and he wants to publicly thank all of the volunteers who served as judges counting all of those fish. He is going fishing with some of them tomorrow.