A FISHERMAN had a tale to tell after landing a goldfish about 15 times the average size.
The 9lb, 15in-long monster was lurking in a lake where a former owner was thought to have dumped it.
It was discovered during an electrofishing survey, where fish are temporarily stunned and float to the surface to be counted.
The small voltage was too weak to stun the massive goldfish but the shock still saw it leap out of the water.
Ty Houck, 49, who organised the survey, said: “The dude had been hiding out for a couple of years and the jolt woke him up.”
The amazed team measured the whopper before releasing it back into 65-acre Oak Grove Lake in Greenville County, South Carolina, US.
Ty added: “He just swam back to whatever depths he came from. Every lake needs its own Loch Ness Monster.”
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Ty, the director of greenways, natural and historic resources, said they regularly hire an electrofishing firm for studies into the health and number of fish.
He said: “A friend came along just before this happened and proclaimed ‘I fish here all the time and there’s never any fish’ — boy, was he wrong!
“A month prior, they drained the lake to a half-acre puddle, as it had to be dredged to get sediment out, and he survived that.”
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