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Eric Clapton Lands Record-Setting Icelandic Salmon

Eric Clapton records a record of a different kind, and this one has fins.

Eric Clapton, the legendary 71-year-old English rocker, set a record of a non-musical kind August 5 when he landed the largest salmon of the season from the Vatnsdalsá river in Iceland.

The accomplished angler, who’s well-known hits include “Layla” and “Cocaine,” fought the fish for half an hour and covered a kilometer of shoreline before landing the new record.

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The fish measured 42.5 inches and weighed 28 pounds. Although Iceland is famed for its salmon rivers, the Vatnsdalsá is one of the most well-known. Strictly limited to fly fishing, the Vatnsdalsá river implemented a catch and release only policy in 1997.

Our hats off to you, Eric. Whether holding a guitar or fishing rod, you still rock.

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Eric Clapton Lands Record-Setting Icelandic Salmon