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REPORTS that an eel in excess of the British record has been caught have been dismissed.

The freak capture by trout angler Tony Hoggart at the giant Rutland Water, Leicestershire, drew estimates that the fish was as large as 15 lb. That would smash the current 11 lb 2 oz best.

Tony’s eel was hooked from a boat off the venue’s Normanton bank after taking Tony’s size 10 dabbler fly.

National Anguilla Club chairman Mark Salt suggested: ‘I would say that it is between 7 and 9 lb.’

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