Anglers the world over are often found chasing legends around their local bodies of water, whether or not their is any truth to them at all.
This is somewhat of a consistent reality within fishing, of course, as the hobby itself often places emphasis on the journey and not the destination. It can be a very “zen” experience for the uninitiated, as it requires you to find purity in patience and calm during what few exciting moments that you may experience.
This week, one British fisherman made an incredible catch of a local legend nicknamed “The Carrot”, and it has the whole world talking.
While fishing in France, a British man caught a monster-size carp nicknamed “the Carrot,” which weighed nearly 70 pounds.
Andy Hackett, 42, made the find while fishing Bluewater Lakes in Champagne, France. The 20-year-old female carp weighed 67.5 pounds.
The fished is prized by anglers because of her coloration, as most giant carp are pale or brownish, USA Today reported.
Hackett was shocked when he caught a glimpse of the rare fish.
“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.”
“It was brilliant to catch it, but it was also sheer luck,” he added.
“The Carrot” was when known to local anglers, having been stocked into the fishery some 15 years ago.
It is believed that the infamous orange carp has been caught nine times this fishing season.
Photos of the incredible catch can be seen below.
Carrot top: a man caught one of the world’s largest goldfish, weighing more than 67 pounds. "Carrot," so named for its orange color, was caught in a lake in Champagne, France, and is a "hybrid species of a leather carp and koi."https://t.co/TnVRxj50q7 https://t.co/6gcK2N8dXV pic.twitter.com/lZ5KeKs7nI
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