In a rare catch, a British fisherman was stunned after getting his hands on one of the world’s largest goldfish, New York Post reported. The giant orange specimen, aptly nicknamed The Carrot, weighs a whopping 67 pounds 4 ozs. (30.5 kg). It is 13.6 kg heavier than what was considered the world’s largest goldfish, caught by Jason Fugate in Minnesota, USA, in 2019.
Notably, 42-year-old Andy Hackett caught the fish while fishing at Bluewater Lakes in Champagne, France, one of the world’s premier carp fisheries, the outlet further said in its report. The fish is a hybrid species of leather carp and koi carp, which are traditionally orange.
“I always knew The Carrot was in it, but I never thought I’d catch it,” said Mr Hackett after his fish win.
It took Mr. Hackett 25 minutes to chase and catch the fish. “‘I knew it was a big fish when he took my bait and swung it from side to side and up and down. Then he surfaced 30 or 40 meters away and I saw he was orange. It was great to see catch, but it was also pure luck,” said Mr Hackett New York Post.
Meanwhile, photos of the ”Carrot” have created a stir on social media. A Facebook page called Bluewater Lakes shared three photos of the smiling fisherman holding the giant fish in his hands. The post is captioned, ”ROOT, weighing @67.4lbs!! Well done Andy top dangling.”
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Many were in awe and congratulated the fisherman on the stunning catch. One of the comments read: “I saw it jump a few times when I was there but didn’t realize how big it was. That’s a blast! Well done.” Another said: “Well done Andy on capturing the beautiful Carrot..Nice to finally see her outside.”
This particular specimen, said to be 20 years old, was apparently introduced to the lakes 15 years ago “as something different for the fishermen to try and catch,” Blue Water Lakes spokesman Jason Cowler told me. USA today.
After posing with the fish for photos, Mr Hackett released it safely into the lake and then celebrated with a cup of tea.
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