A 3-pound goldfish was caught in Lake St. Clair. Video here. That’s pretty big, but not a world record. In July, 2010, a goldfish weighing 5 pounds was caught in a pond in England.
He screwed up. He should have kept it alive (goldfish are tough and it would have survived just fine in a pail). That fish was worth far more living. Eastern Europeans and Chinese love carp for eating, but that one does not have much on it anyway.
Pppfffffffft ! That`s about half the size of the gold fish in Lake Junaluska, NC, near Waynesville and Maggie Valley. Before they drained the lake to a very low level to repair the dam, there were several schools of them, one school in particular that I saw from the air that was probably 20′ to 30′ wide and hundreds of yards long, all of them double the size of that “prize catch” in the video. People caught barrels full of fish during the draining. It was amazing.
Before someone calls me on the distortion of viewing them from the air, let me say that they were the length of geese and swans swimming nearby and longer than the mallard ducks.
I have seen giant koi at lots of places (there are some big ones at the Alamo). Granted they are koi and not regular gold fish, but both are carp and essentially the same domesticated species (it is a liability for a slow moving fish that likes to come to the surface to be bright gold). Maybe what makes this one special is because it is one of those 25 cent fish allowed to get big.
If indeed it WAS a 25 cent variety, then it was a splendid example of “they`ll get as big as their environment will allow” !
In my teen years, there was a giant goldfish in the orchard pond on my Grandparent`s farm. We only saw its dorsal fins and the top-tip of its tail as it topped the water in the shallow muddy pond, but that was a foot and half. Then one summer, I found its head in the cat tails. Someone must have caught it the night before (poor folks in the neighborhood often snuck in and fished the ponds and caught frogs at night – what`cha gonna do, right ?). Imagine a triangular fish head in profile. With your thumbs and fore-fingers, make the largest triangle you can. It was way bigger. It`s a shame the fish wasn`t in the back pond, the only one with clear water, inaccessible to cattle. It would have been quite a sight !
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