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THE eel record is set to be smashed according to species expert Steve Ricketts.

He spoke to the Mail after catching one of the greatest catches of all-time with mega snakes weighing 9 lb 13 oz, 9 lb 1 oz, 6 lb 14 oz, 5 lb 13 oz and 4 lb 4 oz.

The 49-year-old said: ‘I think we are entering a new dawn in specimen eel fishing with the impact pellets are having on commercial fisheries and the boost in fish size due to booming crayfish populations.

‘The problem lies with the fact that these are often venues that people don’t really fancy tackling.’

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