A British fisherman has astounded fellow anglers around the world by catching the world’s biggest “goldfish” at a fishery in France.
Details of the man’s matchless catch of a nearly seventy pound gigantic goldfish, possibly the world’s largest, is currently trending on Facebook.
The enormous orange specimen, acceptably nicknamed ‘The Carrot,’ weighs a massive sixty-seven pounds and four ounces.
The Carrot is not exactly a goldfish, however. Rather, it is actually a hybrid species of a koi carp and leather carp which are generally orange decorative fish oftentimes found in ponds.
Fishery manager applauds British angler
Jason Cowler, a Blue Water Lakes spokesperson, told USA Today that the specimen, reportedly twenty years old, was introduced to the lakes twenty years ago “as something different for the anglers to try to catch.”
Cowler, also the fishery manager, said, “We put The Carrot in about 20 years ago as something different for the customers to fish for.”
“Since then it has grown and grown but it doesn’t often come out,” Cowler said. “She is very elusive. She is in excellent health and condition. Congratulations to Andy on a great catch.”
The Daily Mail reported that angler Andy Hackett, 42, caught his record breaking fish at Bluewater Lakes in France, one of the world’s premier carp fisheries.
Angler never thought he would ever catch the fish
Hackett, a company director from Kidderminster in Worcestershire, spent more than twenty-five minutes reeling in the giant orange fish.
Even though The Carrot was rarely seen out of the water and had managed to elude being caught over the years, Hackett had managed to reel it in earlier this month.
He told the Daily Mail, “I always knew The Carrot was in there but never thought I would catch it.”
Ecstatic that it tipped the scales at just under five stones, he said, “I knew it was a big fish when it took my bait and went off side to side and up and down with it.”
“Then it came to the surface 30 or 40 yards out and I saw that it was orange,” he said. “It was brilliant to catch it but it was also sheer luck.”
The Carrot beats all records of world’s biggest goldfish
The Carrot weighs thirty pounds more than the goldfish caught in 2019 by Jason Fugate, a resident in Minnesota in the U.S, which was considered to be the world’s biggest goldfish at that time.
It was also more than twice the size of a thirty pound bright orange koi carp caught by Raphael Biagini, an Italian in southern France, in 2010.
A Kentucky fisherman from Kentucky nabbed a twenty-pound koi fish while using only a biscuit for bait in a likewise fantastic catch in 2019.
After his catch, Hackett then posed for a few photos with The Carrot before safely releasing it back into the lake. Afterwards, he drank a cup of tea to commemorate the event.