Listen Now! Giant 5-pound goldfish, Thanksgiving fryer fires and more on latest podcast

Tim Walters
Treasure Coast Newspapers
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I’m about to tell you about one of those things that, if you didn’t know this, it might blow your mind.

Are you ready?

What if I told you that if you released your teeny, tiny little goldfish into a lake, it would grow to be the size of LeBron James’ foot!

Think I’m crazy? I probably am, but what I tell you is the truth.

I recently came across an article about the City of Burnsville in Minnesota, where goldfish as large as 16 inches long and weighing 5 pounds have been found marauding in Keller Lake.

By comparison, your little pet goldfish is about two inches long and weighs about a few grams.

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In the City of Burnsville in Minnesota, goldfish as large as 16 inches long and weighing 5 pounds have been found marauding in Keller Lake.

It turns out that a creature like a goldfish will stay small if contained in a small dwelling, but if unleashed in the wild, it will grow exponentially.

In the case of these behemoth goldfish, they became an invasive species that started to wreck life of other fish in the lake.

This literally blew my mind.

Whenever I come across something bizarre that has to do with the outdoors or fishing, or in this case, both, I go straight to Ed Killer, the longtime outdoors reporter for the Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.

For 30 years Ed has been writing about some amazing, often important, and in some cases, crazy things.

Ed is the latest guest on “The *State” of Florida Sports Podcast,” powered by the USA TODAY Network.

Aside from giant goldfish, Ed and I also discuss some other hard-hitting issues, like Thanksgiving sides, how we like our turkey and Thanksgiving family traditions.

We also take on a couple of serious topics — turkey hunting and turkey frying.

We don’t want inexperienced hunters shooting anyone — or getting shot.

And we don’t want anyone burning down their houses while trying to fry their prized turkey. If you’ve never fried a turkey and don’t understand how people each year burn their houses down, give us a listen to find out how, and what the best safety measures are.

One other topic Ed touches on is a lesser known season at this time of year — sailfish season. I don’t think it consists of any lights or decorations, but it sounds just glorious.

If a fun conversation about giant goldfish and Thanksgiving appeals to you, give the podcast a listen.

If you haven’t tried us yet, what are you waiting for? Join the tens of thousands that have downloaded the podcast and find out why it gives you the best sports breakdowns in the state.

We can be downloaded wherever you listen to podcasts, or simply type in “The *State* of Florida Sports Podcast” into your favorite search engine and you’ll find several options to listen on, including Spotify. We also can be found on any of the 17 USA TODAY-Network Florida websites.

If you like it, you can check out previous shows, which feature current and former professional athletes and coaches, as well as our stable of journalists who cover beats and write columns, all of whom have a tie to the Sunshine State.

Contact Walters at twalters@gannett.com

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