Davies Patrick/Raphael Biagini
  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    Raphael Biagini doesn't catch his giant carp with his bare hands, but here he meets one the size of Biagini's own torso.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    Biagini has hunted the big carp since he was a teenager.
    Courtesy Raphael Biagini
  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    Giant carp can weigh as much as 90 pounds. Besides being large and strong, they are tough fighters.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    While many fisherman find serenity in fishing, Raphael Biagini relishes the excitment of battling a big fish.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    Biagini caught this 64 pound carp in Romania. It is the biggest fish he caught outside of France.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    Raphael Biagini has a special mattress that he uses to keep the fish alive before returning them to the water. Here, a pair of giant carp rest before being released.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    Raphael Biagini, 30, says he dreams about catching carp. This one was real.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    Carp are powerful fighters when they are hooked, Biagini says.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    After weighing and photographing the fish he catches, Biagini always releases them.
    Courtesy Raphael Biagini
  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    This is "Nautilus," the biggest carp Biagini has ever caught. The fish weighed 78 pounds.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    This photo of a koi carp Biagini caught in September 2008 drew skeptics who doubted it was authentic. But Biagini ays he has caught many carp this big and even larger.
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  • Raphael Biagini Is a Specimen Hunter on the Lookout for Big fish, Very Big Fish

    Biagini savors the gorgeous koi he has caught before releasing it back into the water.
    Courtesy Raphael Biagini
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