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Kansas City catfish angler lands giant goldfish

April 25, 2011 |  1:08 pm

Olivia Riley thought she had hooked a traffic cone when fishing for catfish in Troost Lake in Kansas City, Mo. She instead got the surprise of a lifetime when she pulled in a goldfish of enormous proportions.

"I don't know, it's beautiful," Riley shouted, smiling and displaying her catch to a friend's camera.

"I was really amazed," Riley told ABC affiliate KMBC-TV. "It was a beautiful fish, something to see up close."

Riley said she has several ideas on how the fish got into the lake.

"There's a lot of theories. One that he went down the old toilet bowl and ended up in the right place," Riley said. "And the one of someone not able to take care of a baby goldfish and threw him in, and he survived."

In the end, Riley decided to return the uninjured fish to the lake.

"It's a pretty high bar for the rest of the fish," she said. "I don't think I'm going to top it anytime soon. It's still out there, but maybe the next time I catch and bring him in, maybe it'll be his time to be done."

-- Kelly Burgess

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