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British angler Andy Hackett caught the world’s largest goldfish while fishing in a fishery in France and it weighed a whopping 67 lbs. 4 oz.
Andy said he spend about 25 minutes reeling in the fish which has been nicknamed “The Carrot” due to its bright orange color. The fish is a hybrid species of a koi carp and a leather carp, both traditionally orange in color.
Jason Cowler told Daily Mail that he placed The Carrot in the BlueWater Lakes fishery in Champagne, France more than 20 years ago when she was a guppy and he’s only seen her a few times.
“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,” Jason said. “She is very elusive.”
“I always knew The Carrot was in there but never thought I would catch it,” Andy added.
The massive fish is 30lbs heavier than what was previously considered to be the world’s biggest goldfish which was caught in 2019 by American fisherman Jason Fugate. It’s also twice the size of a 30lb koi carp caught by Raphael Biagini in 2019 in the south of France.
“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,” Andy said. “It was brilliant to catch it but it was also sheer luck.”
After taking a few photos with The Carrot, Andy released it back into the lake so it could continue living out its life.
“She is in excellent health and condition,” Jason noted. “Congratulations to Andy on a great catch.”