Fishermen in Hangzhou, East China's Zhejiang province, on Sunday netted a huge black carp, measuring 175cm long and weighing nearly 90 kg - equal to a fully-grown adult male, Chinanews.com reported.
The fish is reportedly the largest and heaviest one caught in Qiandao Lake (Thousand Islet Lake), a famous scenic spot in Hangzhou.
"If it wasn't that exhausted after being chased down for a while, even the most seasoned fishermen wouldn't have been able to catch it," a fisherman said.
A fish expert with the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, who declined to be identified, said it is rare to nab such a big freshwater fish, as most of them prefer to live in the middle and lower levels of the water.
The fish has been transported to a temporary hatchery at Qiandao Lake, but its future is uncertain, according to Qianjiang Evening News, a local media outlet.
It could be sold to fishmongers for a record high price, it could be made into a museum specimen, or it could be released back into the lake.