He will need a bigger plate.
A UK fisherman has been the envy of anglers everywhere after reeling in a nearly 70kg monster goldfish – potentially the world’s biggest. A Facebook post detailing the man’s life catch is currently blowing up on Facebook.
Andy Hackett, 42, landed the behemoth, aptly nicknamed Carrot, while fishing in the Bluewater Lakes in Champagne, France, one of the world’s best carp fisheries, the Daily Mail reported.
“I always knew the Carrot was out there, but I never thought I’d catch it,” Hackett, director of the Worcestershire-based company, said of the potential Goldzilla.
Not a goldfish per se, the Fanta-colored wonder 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 apparently introduced to the lakes 15 years ago “as something different for anglers to try to catch,” Blue Water Lakes spokesman Jason Cowler told USA Today.
“It’s grown and grown since then, but it doesn’t come out often,” he said. “She’s very elusive.”
The carrot largely eluded capture until earlier this month when it was hooked by Hackett.
“I knew it was a big fish when it took my bait and went side to side and up and down with it,” the angler recalled. “Then it surfaced 30 or 40 meters and I saw it was orange.
“It was brilliant to catch it, but it was also pure luck,” added Hackett, who spent an incredible 25 minutes hauling in the monster.
The carrot tipped the scales at 67.4 kilograms — 30 kilograms heavier than what was previously thought to be the world’s largest goldfish, which was caught by Minnesota resident Jason Fugate in 2019.
After landing the prize, Hackett took a photo and released the animal back into the lake. The Briton then appropriately celebrated his colorful catch by drinking a cup of tea.
“Congratulations to Andy on a great catch,” said Cowler, who reported that Carrot is currently in “excellent health and condition.”
In a similarly miraculous catch in 2019, a Kentucky fisherman snagged a 20-pound koi fish while using only a biscuit for bait.