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Published 30/01/2016

What a whopper: Bushmills angler Billy McMichael with his massive 47lbs conger eel caught on a fishing trip on Predator II out of Red Bay
What a whopper: Bushmills angler Billy McMichael with his massive 47lbs conger eel caught on a fishing trip on Predator II out of Red Bay

A stunning 47lbs conger eel was landed by Billy McMichael on a fishing trip out of Red Bay, County Antrim.

The fish is the biggest conger taken on board Predator II - skippered by Hamish Currie - for over 10 years.

The charter boat has encountered some big congers and good spurdog recently.

Bushmills angler Billy didn't stop there as he also had a lovely 21lbs spurdog.

Both fish were taken in very deep water using whole coalfish for bait and were caught along with a number of other congers and another three specimen spurdogs during the same outing.

Ballybay Angling Association are now taking entries for their popular annual four-man team event.

The big match will take place on Sunday, March 13 and the entry fee is the usual €40 per team.

Contact the Association on their Facebook page for further details.

The Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland's AGM will be held in the Hudson Bay Hotel, Athlone on Sunday, February 14 (2pm).

All affiliated clubs are asked to send two delegates to the meeting.

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