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South coast angler lands huge conger eel
6:00am Thursday 24th October 2013 in Sport
Sam Quilliam got a real surprise during a sortie to Chesil Beach when a huge 44lb conger snaffled up a small pouting which had taken a lugworm presented on a size 2/0 hook.
Initially Sam’s rod was almost dragged from its stand as the huge fish made a dash for freedom, stripping 80 yards of line from the reel.
It then took a further 20 minutes before the monster conger was slid up the beach, where it was photographed and then returned alive.
There was local interest during the European Federation of Sea Anglers’ two-day Championships held on Chesil beach.
Competitors sampled some fair sport with plaice, gurnard, dogfish, pout, mullet, bream, mackerel and scad all figuring in the catch. Junior member Ryan Casey, who was fishing his first major event, won his section on the first day with over ten metres of fish during the measure & return event.
The overall winner was Dave Bennett (Weymouth) followed by Paul Hart (Hertfordshire) and Paul Curtice (Waterside).
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