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Wednesday 11th September and local sea angler Bill Harkness from Paignton smashed both the British and European 20lb line class records when he caught an 86 lb Conger Eel during the 2002 Torbay Fishing Festival aboard Dave Harrison's popular charter boat "Gemini" out of Dartmouth.

Dave Harrison (l)
& Bill Harkness (r)
proudly display
86 lb Conger Eel
caught aboard
charter boat
Gemini out of

11th September 2002

New British & European
& World
20 lb line class record

Bill's magnificent fish was also submitted for consideration of the award of the World Record for 20 lb line class.

Bill Harkness
with his 86 lb
Conger aboard


Today, 3rd December 2002, I received a 'phone call from Dave Harrison, to let you know that Bill's Conger has been granted to World Record for 10 Kg line class too.

Dave kept up the tally of huge Conger aboard Gemini, when the following day, Steve Cook who hails from near Bridgewater in Somerset, caught another on heavier class tackle which weighed 101 lbs and won Steve the top prize in the Torbay Festival.


Steve Cook
proudly displays
his 101 lb Conger
caught aboard Gemini
out of Dartmouth

12th September 2002


Ed: My thanks go to to Brian Coles who kindly Emailed me the above photographs.

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