DANVILLE, Ky. (WZTV) — One man had the catch of a lifetime Saturday, snagging a 20 lb. fish resembling a gold fish.
Hunter Anderson and his girlfriend were on their way home Saturday when he thought to take her to a pond in Danville.
"I told her 'Hey, there used to be some big koi fish and gold fish in that pond,' so she said 'I want to see,'" Anderson told FOX 17 News.
With one Cashion Rod and a piece of a Lee's Famous Recipe biscuit, Anderson cast his line and was surprised at what he reeled in.
"I cast out there and the fight was on," Anderson remembered. "This fish was different. It was one of the hardest fighting fish I've ever fought."
But as a tournament fisherman, Anderson said he wouldn't give up against the giant orange-colored fish.
"I'm lucky I got it in," Anderson said. "But I did and I was screaming and jumping up and down as I had never seen anything like it."
Right at 20 lbs, Anderson's still not sure how to classify the fish.
"I don't know if maybe it was the biggest koi or gold fish ever caught, but I would like to find out," Anderson said.
He claims he didn't take too many pictures, which has some on social media questioning the authenticity of the photo and the type of fish.
Anderson's sister, Cassie, posted the viral photo and said it wasn't an edited or stolen photo.
"This is my brother!! Who is holding what could possibly be.... that pet goldfish we flushed when I was 9!!! ...I swear, I thought you were dead bubbles!" Cassie posted on February 9.
Anderson said he quickly tossed the fish back into the Danville pond and it swam off "just fine."
"Maybe a kid can catch it some day and be as happy as I was," Anderson said. "That’s what it’s all about."