Fishermen catch 20ft monster eel off British coast

An eel taller than a double-decker bus has been caught by fisherman off the British coast.

The 20-foot conger eel was accidentally caught in the nets of a trawler off Plymouth in Devon.

Scott Govier, the 42-year-old commercial fisherman who caught the enormous creature, said he was "stunned" by the size of it.

It was too much of a magnificent specimen to kill, but as he was already dead it seemed worth bringing him in.

Scott Govier
The eel weighed around 9 stone when gutted. Credit: SWNS

Despite its record-breaking size, the beast only made just over £40 when sold at Plymouth market.

"Congers aren't worth much these days, but it went for more than I expected," Govier said.