It will need a bigger bowl.
A UK angler has become the envy of anglers everywhere after reeling in a monster goldfish of almost 70lb – possibly the world’s largest goldfish. A Facebook message detailing the man’s life story is currently blowing up on Facebook.
Andy Hackett, 42, landed the behemoth, aptly nicknamed The Carrot, while fishing in Bluewater Lakes in Champagne, France, one of the world’s leading carp fisheries, the Daily Mail reported.
“I always knew The Carrot was there but I never thought I’d catch it,” Hackett, a Worcestershire company director, said of the would-be Goldzilla.
Not a goldfish per se, the Fanta colored freak of nature is actually a hybrid species of leather carp and koi carp, ornamental fish commonly found in ponds. This particular specimen, which is said to be 20 years old, was probably introduced to the lakes 15 years ago “as something different for anglers to try to catch,” a Blue Water Lakes spokesman said. , Jason Cowler, told USA Today.
“Since then it has grown and grown, but it doesn’t come out very often,” he said. “She’s very shy.”
The Carrot had largely eluded capture until earlier this month when it was snapped up by Hackett.
“I knew it was a big fish when it took my bait and went off side to side and up and down with it,” the angler recalled. “Then it surfaced 30 or 40 yards out and I saw it was orange.
“It was a great catch but it was also pure luck,” added Hackett who spent a staggering 25 minutes reeling in the monster.
The Carrot tipped the scales at 67.4 pounds – which is 30 pounds heavier than what was previously thought to be the world’s largest goldfish, caught by Minnesota resident Jason Fugate in 2019.
After earning his prize, Hackett asked for photos and released the creature back into the lake. The Brit then celebrated his colorful catch in a fitting manner by drinking a cup of tea.
“Congratulations to Andy on a great catch,” said Cowler, who reported that The Carrot is in “excellent health and condition right now.”
In an equally miraculous catch in 2019, a Kentucky angler nabbed a 20-pound koi fish while using only a biscuit for bait.