(CNN) — Here is a fisherman’s story that is not a long story.
After a 25-minute battle, British angler Andy Hackett caught a huge carp, nicknamed “The Carrot” and weighing an astonishing 30 kilograms. The giant fish is believed to be the second largest of its kind ever caught, according to BlueWater Lakes, the fishing facility where the giant lives in France’s Champagne region.
The huge goldfish-like creature is easily spotted as it swims under the water’s surface with its striking orange coloration. However, Carrot has proven to be a tough job to catch. While visiting the lake area on November 3, Hackett landed the prize fish, a hybrid of leather carp and koi carp.
“With normal fish, you have trouble seeing them if they’re just below the surface, but the Carrot is clearly bright orange, so you don’t miss it,” Hackett told the BBC. “It’s a very sought-after fish, not many people have caught it, it’s pretty tough.”
BlueWater Lakes provides anglers with a special place to try towing one of their many fish, some weighing over 22.7 kilograms (22.7 kilograms) and some even weighing more than 40 kilograms (90 pounds).
“We put the carrot as something different for customers to fish about 20 years ago,” fishery manager Jason Cowler told the Daily Mail. “It’s not the biggest inhabitant on the lake, but it’s by far the most noticeable.”
After pulling the Carrot in and weighing it, Hackett released it back into the lake. There is a “no catch” rule in fishing, so fishermen never carry fish ashore. The BlueWater team also noted on their Facebook page that the fish were immediately treated for any injuries before being released back into the water.
Fishing has followed Carrot’s growth quite often, as it was caught by fishermen nine times last season. The carp, which broke the 60-pound (27-pound) limit for the first time in February, was freeswimming for nine months until Hackett caught it.
The average domestic goldfish weighs less than half a kilo, but the species can reach much larger proportions under varying conditions. If given lots of space with proper feeding and water conditions, carp species including goldfish and koi have great growth potential, which explains the Carrot’s impressive size.
The largest goldfish usually found are unwanted pets released into the wild by their owners. Discarded animals can adversely affect the delicate balance of their natural habitat. In July 2021, invasive, football-sized goldfish were found in a lake in Burnsville, Minnesota, and as a result, city officials begged residents not to release their aquatic pets into the lake as they could harm the local environment.
Reno Nevada University of Nevada research biologist and former host of the National Geographic Channel “Monster Fish” show Dr. “A 70-pound carp is a really big, impressive fish,” said Zeb Hogan. “Actually, there are different types of carp that are relatives of goldfish that actually grow, found in Europe and Asia, some of which can reach around 500 pounds.”
According to Hogan, the growth seen in these large fish is called indeterminate growth, a condition in which animals grow rapidly when young and continue to increase in size after reaching adulthood.
“They keep growing as they live,” Hogan said. “It will continue to grow and grow, and maybe in a few years someone else will catch up and it will get bigger.”
The fisheries team said on Facebook that Carrot is in “excellent health and condition” and may even live 15 years or more. “Its stardom can continue for a long time,” the team added.
Top picture: Angler Hunter Andy Hackett beaches one of the world’s largest aquarium fish ever caught. Aptly nicknamed the Carrot, the huge orange specimen weighed 67 pounds 4 ounces.