STEVE RICK­ETTS: Mon­ster Eel Pair

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EEL fish­ing fa­natic Steve Rick­etts be­came the first an­gler in his­tory to land two eels over 9lb from UK waters when he net­ted two huge spec­i­mens that topped the scales at 9lb 13oz and 9lb 1oz.

The big­ger of the two fish is the third-big­gest ever landed by de­sign, mea­sur­ing 47ins long with a girth of 11ins, and was landed when he used a home-made ground­bait mix con­tain­ing minced fish, egg whites, fish­meal and flavour­ings at a still­wa­ter in the south of the UK.

It was rain­ing so hard that the Lon­doner could barely hear the sound of his alarm as the first huge fish pow­ered off with his lob­worm hook­bait.

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