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Now that’s an eel... all 21lb 10oz of it!

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Angling Times,
21 December 2015 06:00

A lamb’s heart, 6lb test-curve rod and 80lb braided line are not what you’d expect to find in a UK eel angler’s tackle box, but this is what Barry McConnell used to land this incredible specimen.Weighing a massive 21lb 10oz, the giant predator was one of 14 double-figure eels banked by Barry and friend Peter Drabble during an unforgettable trip ...

No eel form, then an 8lb 2oz fish out of the blue

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Angling Times, 05 October 2015 15:10

GAMBLING on a water that had never before been fished for eels paid off handsomely for Mark Salt when he banked this incredible 8lb 2oz fish from a Middlesex stillwater. The Hertfordshire angler had spent more than four years trying to beat his personal best, and he finally struck gold on a stillwater that had no form for the species.Fully ...

Patience pays off with 5lb 6oz stillwater eel

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Angling Times, 10 September 2015 06:00

Targeting big eels can be a frustrating game, and often you can never be sure whether your chosen water even holds them – but hard work and perseverance paid off handsomely for Tony Smith when he slipped the net under this 5lb 6oz fish.A roach head presented over the top of a bed of chopped worms and maggots proved to ...

7lb 4oz eel smashes 103-year-old record

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Angling Times, 03 August 2015 12:15

This huge 7lb 4oz venue record-breaking eel sets a new personal best for John Greenhalf. The president of Clive Vale Angling Club in Hastings, East Sussex, beat the previous club record, that stood for a staggering 103 years, by 2lb when he paid a visit to one of the organisation’s own venues. He legered a fish-flavoured boilie close to a ...

30 years’ know-how pays off with 6lb eel

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Angling Times, 06 July 2015 13:01

Steve Pitts has dedicated more than 30 years’ fishing just to specimen eels, and he put his vast knowledge of the species to good use when he banked this impressive 6lb 5oz fish.The 57-year-old, from Manton, Rutland, fooled the fish during a session at an undisclosed southern stillwater when he legered a lobworm over a bed of maggots that he ...

Pair of 5lb-plus eels to roach deadbaits

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Angling Times, 04 July 2015 08:30

Eel fishing ace Barry McConnell showed why he’s one of the best when he banked a brace of specimens both weighing over 5lb.Fish weighing 5lb 15oz and 5lb 10oz fell to the angler from Derbyshire when he targeted a stillwater in south Manchester that he’d never fished before.The bigger fish of the two was taken on a Dyson rig with ...

5lb 6oz eel tops big haul from club water

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Angling Times, 17 October 2014 15:08

Former Drennan Cup holder Ted Bryan admitted that his latest session was one of the ‘toughest he’d ever experienced’ despite landing a string of big eels to 5lb 6oz.The Sydenham, London-based specialist spent 48 hours at a club lake in Sussex and primed his swim with a mixture of maggots, chopped worms and liquidised prawns. As darkness fell his target ...

Eels galore on the River Soar

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Angling Times, 28 August 2014 09:58

A RiverFest qualifier turned into ‘eelfest’ for the 60 matchmen involved after a number of specimen eels were netted.The event, which took place on the River Soar at Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, saw numerous eels to over 5lb landed as well as several others lost by anglers fishing for small silvers. Brian Rigby banked the biggest of the lot in the ...

Persistence pays off with 5lb 3oz eel

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Angling Times, 31 July 2014 09:48

After struggling for bites on a number of waters this summer, James Champkin finally struck gold with this 5lb 3oz eel from a southern stillwater.The impressive specimen beat the Cromer, Norfolk-based rod’s previous best for the species by 3oz and fell to a small roach head deadbait.He’d already landed two smaller fish during the night when he received a positive ...

10lb 2oz eel from White Acres!

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Angling Times, 24 July 2014 09:24

A record shaking eel has been caught from a popular Cornish holiday venue.The 10lb 2oz fish – which is just 1lb short of the British best for the species – was landed by Luke Jones while targeting the catfish in Pats Pool on the White Acres complex.The local rod had threaded five whole lobworms on to a size 4 ESP ...


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