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The world's most colourful 55-pounder?

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The world's most colourful 55-pounder?

This staggering big koi is not dripping in fresh paint or the result of Photoshop fakery.

Incredibly, it is the real deal, and it weighs over 55lb!

Ludovic Renaud caught the amazing creature from a 30-acre lake in the Oise region of northern France as part of what he called a “dream session”.

 Big and beatuiful. 55lb-plus of amazing koi

Big and beatuiful. 55lb-plus of amazing koi

Speaking to Carpfeed, the 39-year-old said: “I caught this koi on a rocky spot in 3m (10ft) of water. On this spot my first catch was a nice mirror of 24.5kg (54lb) with nice scales, then maybe 10 others over 15kg (33lb) before the holy grail arrived on the last day of my session!”

The fish is known to regulars at the venue, but its unique patterning has changed through the years.

 The fish lives in a lake in northern France

The fish lives in a lake in northern France

“This carp is not a surprise,” said Ludovic, “but the colours change and the guys who have the lake have lots of difficulties to recognise her. She has lost some of her black colouring through the years.”

 This earlier photo of the fish shows more black pigmentation

This earlier photo of the fish shows more black pigmentation

Ludovic, who went on to harvest champagne grapes after his session, said: “I found this hotspot with the sonar of my boat and verified it with the underwater camera.

“In terms of tactics I fed birdfood, hemp, baby corn and boilies – CG Baits SV1 Pineapple Peach in 15mm. I fished on top with a 15mm SV1 yellow fluoro pop-up.

“My hooklink was 25lb Atomic Jel-e-wyre and size 5 Trappa hook by Stuc Tackle.”

 The incredible fish's black markings have changed during its life

The incredible fish's black markings have changed during its life

 It's absolutely pristine

It's absolutely pristine

 Ludovic also had this mid-50 mirror

Ludovic also had this mid-50 mirror