Washington Man Lands State-Record Carp

Washington PA Observer-Reporter
9 April 2016

A couple of weeks ago, Washington’s Scott Miller landed a state-state record common carp while working at his side job.

It’s not bad work if you can get it.

Miller, 26, has found he has been able to find quite a bit of action since starting his side job earlier this year, as Nocturnal Addiction Bowfishing has gotten off to a rousing start.

Miller’s state-record carp came in at 49 pounds, 7 ounces. He just sent it off to be mounted, with the mount including an arrow in the massive fish, which was shot in the Youghiogheny Reservoir.

“You don’t hear of many people getting carp mounted, but I am,” Miller said.

What better way to show people just what you can do when bowfishing?

Miller, a Trinity High School graduate and safety coordinator for a local gas and oil company, had been bowfishing for the better part of a decade. But it was only in recent years he started giving thought to opening a a business of his own.

“I would travel the country and go bowfishing, but there wasn’t anybody doing it here,” Miller said. “We have some great fishing here and I thought, why not?

“I had been taking my family and friends out the past couple of years but we officially started the company this year.”

Miller is a licensed professional guide and has his boat set up specifically for bowfishing with specially fitted platforms and lighting. The cost of the boat was $40,000, while each bow he provides for those who go on his charters cost up to $500.

All the of fishing is done at night.

“It truly is fun,” Miller said. “You get a completely different perspective fishing from the boat at night than people do fishing from the bank. You see a lot of different wildlife and when the water is clear, you can see six feet or more down. You’ll see gar, beavers, all kinds of animal life.”

Addiction Bowfishing’s basic trips cost $125 per angler, with a minimum of two shooters and a maximum of four for trips that are within 1 1/2 hours of his base in Washington. Longer trips can be booked for an additional charge.

“I provide all the equipment,” said Miller. “They just have to provide a valid Pa. fishing license.”

And perhaps his next trip out will net the next state record.

To book a trip, visit http://www.nocturnaladdictionbowfishing.com/ or call 724-747-7768 or 724-747-8016.