Man Catches 3-Pound Goldfish From Michigan Lake

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Plenty of folks have a big fish story, but Mike Martin's is a tad different. According to the Daily Mail U.K., the fisherman caught a 3-pound, 15-inch-long goldfish from Lake Clair in Michigan.



Martin believes the surprising find used to be someone's pet that was released into the wild. With a whole lake to live in, the goldfish grew to fit its new surroundings.

"We see them all the time but, to actually catch them is rare," Martin told the Daily Mail. "Everybody wants to just dump them off their seawall and let them be free and this is what they turn into."

Martin was on the water ice-fishing for perch when he pulled in the unconventional catch. He admits that it took him a second to process what was on the end of his line.



Martin has held onto the fish, hoping that Goldie will break a record and be the biggest of her kind. Whether the fish makes the record books or not, Martin plans to mount the animal on his wall for all to admire.

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Rachael Lynn

Is he going to eat it?

October 24 2013 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
satchelnmew

And why is that guy holding the dead goldfish in his hands? He should have thrown it back in the water. It's not like it's a shark or some invasive critter...His BAD!

April 21 2013 at 7:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
FluffyKnitterDeb

A-Mills, if we are bleeding hearts, you're the moron! It's one thing to go fishing to feed yourself or your family but to take a gorgeous fish like that and mount it on the "off chance" that it will be a world record is reprehensible! That's destroying life for sport not for necessity and he (and you!) should be ashamed!

February 20 2013 at 10:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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valgaavmiko

Ever hear of the term "invasive species"? They are not native here and wreak havoc on the native ecosystem. Every goldfish caught in U.S. waters should NEVER be released.

March 18 2013 at 6:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
gosoaring10

Goldfish are in essence a variant of the common carp. In my Michigan backyard fishpond (8 feet in diameter) small goldfish bought in spring at 1-inch long were over 8-inches long by fall with no feeding by me. Their spawn, by the way, were not gold in color.

February 19 2013 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Not Visibile

I dunno - looks... fishy to me (Sorry couldn't resist!). Seriously, it looks Photoshopped. The tail in the first picture - & the fact that it looks entirely different in the 2nd picture.

February 14 2013 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
cutebbwcandy

I have had huge gold fish before. I had one about a 1 lb once.

February 12 2013 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gina

Of course he kills it. Doesn't even think about letting it loose. No - kill, kill, kill. Bastard.

February 05 2013 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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valgaavmiko

Good for him. I'd rather have native species live in the lake than an invasive one that some irresponsible person let loose. Shame on you.

March 18 2013 at 6:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
A-Mills

Lets also not forget the tadpoles this fish was eating.

February 01 2013 at 4:33 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
A-Mills

Wow the bleeding hearts on this website are disgusting. Getting offended that a guy went fishing. When I'm sure most of you are in favor of killing babies. What a bunch of fakes. Where are the people who are mad about the insects this fish eat?

February 01 2013 at 4:31 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
CZ

I just do not understand people. Maybe a space alien will swoop down spot Mike Martin. Thinking that Martin is such an unusual find, the space alien will vacuum him up, stuff him and mount him on the wall of the space ship.

February 01 2013 at 3:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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A-Mills

Talk about self-righteous. What do you do with your life? I'm sure your looking out for your fellow man and not wasting everything you get on yourself. If you do anything the few pennies you send somebodies isn't your fair share. I'm almost positive you haven't spent one hour selflessly giving to someone else.

February 01 2013 at 4:37 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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