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SEALS have been spotted on the river stretch where Steve Double caught this predator of a far more angler-friendly type – a cracking 25 lb-plus pike.

Steve said: ‘We were fishing a weir of the River Thames when I hooked into this monster! After a good scrap it almost jumped in to the dinghy I was fishing from.

But the monster couldn’t be accurately weighed as it bottomed out 25 lb scales – but experts believe it could have been as much as 33 lb and could potentially go above the Thames record this winter.

For the full catch details, including the name of the stretch where Steve caught it, read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.