Fisherman catches nearly 70-pound goldfish

Fisher on a lake.
Fisher on a lake. Photo credit Getty Images

A British fisherman reeled in what could be the catch of his life after landing a 20-year-old goldfish weighing in at 67.4 lbs while on a fishing trip in France.

Andy Hackett, 42, caught the monster-size carp, nicknamed “The Carrot,” while fishing Bluewater Lakes in Champagne, France, according to Fox News.

Most giant carp are pale or tinted brown, meaning Hackett caught a prized fish most anglers dream of catching, according to the BBC.

Hackett spoke with the Daily Mail, and shared that he knew it was a massive fish from the moment it hit his line.

"I knew it was a big fish when it took my bait and went off side to side and up and down with it," Hackett told the Daily Mail. "Then it came to the surface 30 or 40 yards out, and I saw that it was orange."

While the catch comes with bragging rights being it was so impressive, Hackett is staying humble, sharing that it was “sheer luck.”

The fish, which Hackett spent 25 minutes reeling in, was released back into the lake, but only after Hackett got his photos and videos so his friends would believe him.

Jason Cowler, a spokesman for Bluewater Lakes, shared with FTW Outdoors that the fish was stocked 15 years ago in order to give fishers something different to catch.

"It's not the biggest resident in the lake, but by far the most outstanding," Cowler said.

This wasn’t the first time the carp was caught, as it was landed nine times last fishing season.

"I always knew The Carrot was in there but never thought I would catch it," Hackett said.

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