British angler catches one of the world’s biggest goldfish – weighing a whopping 67lbs 4oz

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We need a bigger fishbowl! British fisherman catches one of the world’s largest goldfish – weighing a whopping 67 lbs 4 oz

  • Elusive fish caught in France after being released into the fishery there 20 years ago
  • Fisherman Andy Hackett spent more than 25 minutes reeling in the huge fish
  • Nicknamed ‘The Carrot’, the huge specimen was subsequently released

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A British fisherman celebrates after reeling in one of the world’s largest goldfish from a fishery in France.

The giant orange specimen, aptly nicknamed The Carrot, weighed in at a whopping 67 pounds 4 ozs.

The fish is a hybrid species of a leather carp and a koi carp, which are traditionally orange.

Fisherman Andy Hackett holds 'The Carrot', a huge fish weighing a whopping 67 pounds 4 ozs, which he caught in Champagne, France

Fisherman Andy Hackett holds ‘The Carrot’, a huge fish weighing a whopping 67 pounds 4 ozs, which he caught in Champagne, France

Andy Hackett holds up the huge fish that had rarely been seen in the fishery for some 20 years

Andy Hackett holds up the huge fish that had rarely been seen in the fishery for some 20 years

Andy Hackett holds up the huge fish that had rarely been seen in the fishery for some 20 years

Fisherman Andy Hackett releases the monster catch into the fisherman's waters in Champagne, France

Fisherman Andy Hackett releases the monster catch into the fisherman's waters in Champagne, France

Fisherman Andy Hackett releases the monster catch into the fisherman’s waters in Champagne, France

The Carrot is believed to be over 20 years old and was thrown into a lake at a fishery in France run by Briton Jason Cowler when he was young.

But over the years it has proved an elusive fish to catch and is rarely seen out of the water.

Angler Andy Hackett, 42, spent 25 minutes reeling in and was delighted when he tipped the scales at just under five stone.

It was 30 pounds heavier than what was considered the world’s largest goldfish, caught by Jason Fugate in Minnesota, USA, in 2019.

And it was more than twice the size of a 30-pound bright orange koi carp caught by Italian Raphael Biagini in the south of France in 2010.

Mr. Hackett, a farm manager from Kidderminster in Worcestershire, caught his record-breaker at Bluewater Lakes in Champagne, France.

The giant orange specimen, aptly nicknamed The Carrot, weighed in at a whopping 67 pounds 4 ozs.  After being captured, he was released back into the water

The giant orange specimen, aptly nicknamed The Carrot, weighed in at a whopping 67 pounds 4 ozs.  After being captured, he was released back into the water

The giant orange specimen, aptly nicknamed The Carrot, weighed in at a whopping 67 pounds 4 ozs. After being captured, he was released back into the water

The fish is a hybrid species of a leather carp and a koi carp, which are traditionally orange.  It is believed to have been the second largest of its kind caught

The fish is a hybrid species of a leather carp and a koi carp, which are traditionally orange.  It is believed to have been the second largest of its kind caught

The fish is a hybrid species of a leather carp and a koi carp, which are traditionally orange. It is believed to have been the second largest of its kind caught

He said, “I always knew The Carrot was in it, but I never thought I’d catch it.

‘I knew it was a big fish when he took my bait and started swinging it from side to side and up and down. Then it came 30 or 40 meters to the surface and I saw that it was orange.

“It was great to catch him, but it was also pure luck.”

The fisherman posed for a moment with his catch before releasing it safely and far back into the lake. He celebrated with a cup of tea afterwards.

Fishery owner Jason Cowler said: ‘We introduced The Carrot about 20 years ago as something different for the customers to fish for. Since then it has grown and grown but it doesn’t come out very often. She is very elusive.

“She is in excellent health and condition. Congratulations Andy on a great catch.’