Elvis Shoots Monster Fish to Win $85,000 Airboat at Carp Out

By Brodie SwisherApril 4, 2016

Elvis Shoots Monster Fish to Win $85,000 Airboat at Carp Out

The 2016 Backwater Outdoors All-Out-Carp-Out is in the books, and this year’s tournament paid out bigger and better than ever before. The two-night bowfishing tournament event took place on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama and drew 1000 participants from across the country.

The teams battled it out for tons of prizes, gear, and cash. But the big draw of this event was the grand prize, a Monster Airboat valued at $85,000, to be given away to the individual shooting the biggest common carp of the tournament. When the smoke finally cleared, Clay Elvis of South Carolina was declared the winner of the Carp Out with his fish that weighed in at 34.95 pounds.

2016 carp out winners

Clay Elvis, flanked with teammates, Kyle Snelgrove and Trey Morris, are the 2016 All-Out-Carp-Out Champions.

winning fish

The 34.95 pound common carp was enough for the win and the opportunity to haul the Monster Airboat back to South Carolina.

In addition to the grand prize, there were plenty of opportunities for teams to score on cash and prizes with hourly payouts for the biggest fish weighed in throughout the night. This year’s event featured $150,000 in cash and prizes for the guys and gals that showed up for the festivities.

carp out hourly winners

Jeff Neiball and friends with the Oneida Osprey bow and other goodies they won during this year’s Carp Out.

Weather conditions made things tough for the teams as they covered the lake in search of a prize-winning fish. Temperatures were cool, and the water was rough. Despite a few close calls and frustration battling the elements, the teams were all smiles with their overall experience at this year’s Carp Out.

This was the only time I’ve stayed at a motel in Guntersville when the bowfising boats outnumbered the bass boats 10 to 1!” Michael Evans

A Growing Sport

Longtime bowfisherman, Michael Evans, noted the impressive number of teams and boats hanging out in the Gunertersville area over the weekend. “This was the only time I’ve stayed at a motel in Guntersville when the bowfising boats outnumbered the bass boats 10 to 1!,” says Evans. Evans and his bowfishing team from Georgia routinely fish – and place well – in many of the major bowfishing events across the country.

bowfishing boats in parking lot

You know the sport of bowfishing is growing when the hotel parking lot has more bowfishing rigs than bass boats!

Backwater Outdoors owner, Bryan Hughes, is the host and coordinator of the All-Out-Carp-Out event. Hughes and Backwater Outdoors, have done their fair share at helping grow the sport of bowfishing. Backwater Outdoors is the go-to place for buying anything and everything you could possibly need for your next bowfishing adventure. You can visit their online store at www.backwateroutdoors.com, or visit their shop in Gurley, AL the next time you’re in their neck of the woods. They offer the best in bowfishing gear including, Fin Finder, Muzzy, AMS, Oneida bows, Mission bows, and much more.

Here’s a look at the final results for the 2016 All-Out-Carp-Out…

Overall Weight

magon lord's carp

Magon Lord’s hard-fought fish helped her win big on day 2 in the women’s division.

1st- Clay Elvis- 34.95

2nd- Bradley Britt- 33.70

 3rd- Greg Campbell- 33.35

7 am Overall

1st- Collin Rosson- 28.30

2nd- Devin Dunn- 27.40

3rd- Tyson Henry- 26.90

4th- Glen Ledbetter- 26.65

5th- Robert Allums- 26.35

Grass Carp
Tyler Strayer- 51.40

Women’s Class

Day 1 winner Staci Mckie

Day 2 winner Magon Lord

Kyle Orr- 26.45

A big congrats to all the teams that finished strong in this year’s All-Out-Carp-Out event in Guntersville.


Brodie Swisher
Brodie Swisher is a world champion game caller, outdoor writer, seminar speaker and Editor for Bowhunting.com. Brodie and his family live in the Kentucky Lake area of west Tennessee.
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