NORTH ROYALTON, OHIO --Widespread floods in Ohio Monday brought a 3-foot, 40-pound "river monster" to a suburban street, and a video released to WKYC, a Gannett Affiliate, shows a 16-year-old wrestling and catching it.
"The neighbors they pointed out, they saw, like bubbles and stuff moving around over here. Then eventually we saw the fish actually surface and we saw how big it was," said Jake Sawyer, his 16-year-old son.
"I was wearing Crocs. It was the first thing I saw so I just grabbed my Crocs and ran in the water," Sawyer said. "Hillbilly fishing."
The fish was a white amur, which can grow up to 80 pounds.
"Right here, I managed to get it trapped in this corner, and I just kind of went like this, and it got stuck up here, and I just kinda grabbed my hands around it and just lifted it up," said Jake. "And I had this whale of a giant fish. ... My arms were falling asleep once I was walking back. It was a good 40 pounds."
After taking photos, Jake walked the fish back to the pond beyond his home.
Jake says there was no time for names. He's just glad the fish survived the storm.
"Our basement got flooded, and we were still were able to make it an enjoyable night considering," said Jake's dad, Jeremiah.