Is this the biggest “goldfish” ever caught?

British fisherman Andy Hackett snagged a giant goldfish alike earlier this month that likely fell to a new world record, according to the New York Post. The 67-pound, 4-ounce fish, nicknamed “the carrot,” has become a legend from Bluewater Lake, a popular and privately owned carp fishing lake in the Champagne region of France.

“I always knew The Carrot was out there, but I never thought I’d catch it,” Hackett told the Daily Mail earlier this week. “It was great catching him, but it was also just luck.”

Hackett was fishing on the bait when catching the elusive fish on November 3, though it is unclear what kind of bait he was using at the time. The giant landed after a 25-minute battle, then released the fish into the lake after it was weighed and photographed.

Jason Cowler, director of fisheries for Bluewater Lakes, told the Daily Mail that they originally stocked the bright orange fish about 15 years ago to give customers something different to catch. (Described as “France’s premier carp fishing,” the small managed lake is home to many different species of carp, with some fish reaching 90 pounds.) It is now believed that the lifespan of the fish is around 20 years.

A hybrid between a leather carp and a koi carp, a “carrot” is not technically a goldfish (Karasius doctrine), a separate and smaller species of carp native to East Asia. However, the term “goldfish” is often thrown around by fishermen to describe the bright orange carp that resemble their aquarium cousins. For example, the fish that is currently considered the “world’s largest goldfish” turned out to be a large-bodied buffalo with a unique color. That fish weighed 38 pounds, and was pulled from Brainerd Lakes in Minnesota by Jason Fugat in 2019.

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The fish weighed about 68 pounds and is believed to be about 20 years old. through Facebook

On the other hand, the International Gamefish Society is more specific when it comes to species records. (Neither Hackett nor Fugate actually submitted their fish to the IGFA as a potential world record.) The IGFA lists the current world-record goldfish as a 9-pound, 6-ounce fish caught in Lindo Lakes, California, in 2002.

Ratings aside, “Carrot” is gaining traction on social media, with hundreds of envious carp fishermen congratulating Hackett on his catch.

“And there she puffs, the carrot pops up to say hi, what an absolute beauty,” one Facebook commenter wrote. “Dream fish over there, dude.”

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