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Fisherman catches massive 30lb "goldfish"

By T.K. Randall
September 9, 2010 · Comment icon 10 comments

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Angler Raphael Biagini managed to catch an enormous koi carp thought to be the largest ever caught in the wild.
The behemoth of a fish weighs 30lb, the same as an average three-year-old girl. Biagini stated "To begin with, we couldn't tell what was at the end of the line, but we knew it was big."
It might look like an enormously generous fairground prize. But no goldfish bowl in the world could contain this catch. The orange koi carp weighs 30lb - the same as an average three-year-old girl - and is thought to be one of the largest of its kind ever captured.

Source: Daily Mail | Comments (10)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters 12 years ago
What a size! It's good he released it back into the water afterwards, he probably didn't have a tank big enough to keep it in Lovely fish, although some people are'nt so sure it's real judging by the comments in the link.
Comment icon #2 Posted by stevewinn 12 years ago
*snip* nice fish,
Comment icon #3 Posted by Harriet The Ripperologist 12 years ago
Ooh, I can feel my dad getting jealous even now. It kind of looks like a fake from here, what do you think?
Comment icon #4 Posted by HerNibs 12 years ago
Strange...I have never really thought of goldfish as "real wild animals". I mean, logically, if I think about it, yeah... I also never knew they got that damn big!!! Nibs
Comment icon #5 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 12 years ago
O_o Oh my God. I can only imagine the stuggle involved to reel that thing out of the water.
Comment icon #6 Posted by magickaldan 12 years ago
Fake..... Doesn't even remotely look real let alone 30lbs lol. And the fin that's in the water should be refracted...
Comment icon #7 Posted by SpiderCyde 12 years ago
There's a lake near downtown Orlando where I live that has a few really large goldfish. They're nowhere near 30 lbs, but I'd estimate they're between 3-5 lbs, they're still pretty big. Guess someone let their pet fish go there at some point.
Comment icon #8 Posted by The Dark Passenger 12 years ago
It certainly doesn't look real, but it's not like I can say I've ever seen a 30lb goldfish before. I would have kept it and sold it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by ScrooLoose 12 years ago
This place crackes me up sometimes, no problem in believing in yeti's, aliens, loch ness monsters etc.... but sombody posts a story about a big koi carp being caught and people start yelling "omg fake! the refraction in the water is all wrong!!!" Anyway... looks pretty real to me, in the unlikely event it is a fake then it's the best fake of any kind i have ever seen
Comment icon #10 Posted by Druidus-Logos 12 years ago
Fish will grow to fit the size of their environments. That's why goldfish we're familiar with are small. That's also why we can keep some types of sharks as pets. They'll grow to a certain size in the aquarium and then they'll slow and stop. Nice find.

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