A British angler is celebrating after reeling in one of the world’s biggest goldfish that weighs more than an average nine-year-old child. The gigantic creature, nicknamed The Carrot due to its colour, was caught by Andy Hackett at a fishery in France.
It weighed a massive 67lbs 40zs, which is around 5lbs heavier than a nine-year-old child.
The fish is a hybrid species of a leather carp and a koi carp, which are traditionally orange.
The Carrot is said to be over 20 years old and was put in a lake at a fishery in France run by Brit Jason Cowler when it was young.
But few people have managed to catch it over the years, and it is rarely seen out of the water.
It took the 42-year-old 25 minutes to reel it in and he was delighted when it weighed in at just under five stones.
The 42-year-old company director from Kidderminster, Worcestershire, said: “I always knew The Carrot was in there but never thought I would catch it.
“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.
“It was brilliant to catch it, but it was also sheer luck.”
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He added: “Since then it has grown and grown but it doesn’t often come out. She is very elusive.
“She is in excellent health and condition. Congratulations to Andy on a great catch.”
Mr Hackett posed for photos with his catch before releasing it safe and well into the lake.
He celebrated with a cup of tea afterwards.