While fishing in France, a Brit caught a monster-sized carp nicknamed “the carrot” weighing almost 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 fish is prized by anglers for its coloration, with most giant carp being pale or tan, USA Today reported.
“I knew it was a big fish when it took my bait and paced it back and forth and up and down,” Hackett told the Daily Mail. “Then it came to the surface 30 or 40 meters away and I saw that it was orange.”
“It was brilliant to catch it, but it was also pure luck,” he added.
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He said he spent 25 minutes reeling in the fish.
According to the newspaper, Bluewater Lakes is prime carp fishing. It’s so popular that guests have to book well in advance.
“The Carrot” was released back into the lake. A video posted by the fishery shows Hackett holding the giant fish before putting it back in the water.
The behemoth fish was caught 15 years ago “as something different for anglers,” Jason Cowler, a spokesman for Bluewater Lakes, told FTW Outdoors.
“It’s not the biggest resident of the lake, but it’s by far the most outstanding,” he said.
The orange carp has been caught about nine times in the last fishing season, Cowler said. In February, she hit 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.