British fisherman catches monster-sized goldfish nicknamed ‘The Carrot’, calls it ‘pure luck’
While fishing in France, a British man caught a monster-sized carp nicknamed “the carrot”, weighing nearly 70 pounds.
Andy Hackett, 42, made the find while fishing in the Bluewater Lakes in Champagne, France. The 20-year-old female carp weighed 67.5 pounds.
The fishery is prized by anglers for its coloration, as most giant carp are pale or brown, USA Today reported.
“I knew it was a big fish when it took my bait and went side to side and up and down with it,” Hackett told the Daily Mail. “Then it came to the surface 30 or 40 meters away, and I saw it was orange.”
“It was great to catch him, but it was also pure luck,” he added.
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He said he spent 25 minutes reeling in the fish.
Bluewater Lakes is a premier carp fishery, according to the paper. It is so popular that guests must book well in advance.
“The Carrot” was released back into the lake. A video released by the fishery shows Hackett holding the giant fish before putting it back in the water.
The jumbo fish was stocked 15 years ago “as something different for anglers to try to catch,” Bluewater Lakes spokesman Jason Cowler told FTW Outdoors.
“It’s not the biggest resident of the lake, but it’s by far the most prominent,” he said.
Orange carp were caught about nine times last fishing season, Cowler said. In February, he broke the 60-pound mark.
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“I always knew The Carrot was in there, but I never thought I’d catch it,” Hackett said.