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Giant 20ft monster eel caught by Plymouth fisherman

Fisherman catches 20ft monster eel off British coast

British fisherman have landed a record-breaking eel which measures a whopping 20ft long - taller than a double decker bus. The giant conger - which weighed 131lb (59.5kg) after it was gutted - was caught off Plymouth in Devon in the nets of a trawler.

These large eels are generally found hiding in the many wrecks which litter the South West or on reefs and rocky ground but they do venture out on to open ground in search of food usually during neap tides or during slack water. Despite their size and power they are not very strong swimmers.

Scott Govier, the 42-year-old commercial fisherman who caught the enormous creature, said he was "stunned" by the size of it. "It was too much of a magnificent specimen to kill, but as he was already dead it seemed worth bringing him in" said Govier.

Despite its record-breaking size, the beast only made just over £40 when sold at Plymouth market.

"Congers aren't worth much these days, but it went for more than I expected," Govier said.

Fisherman Vic Evans held the previous world record for his Conger Eeel, caught six miles of Brixham, Devon, whilst fishing from his own vessel Sea Spray.

It was caught on a wreck in 1995 and weight 133lbs 4oz before it was gutted.



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