If there were prizes for honesty in angling, Adrian Miles would be at the top of the podium after admitting to 'fluking’ this monster 7lb 13oz eel while carp fishing at a busy day-ticket water in Lincolnshire.
The forklift truck driver was enjoying a session at Chapel Boat Lake, on the Lakeside Leisure complex near Skegness, when he foul-hooked the specimen while retrieving a zig rig intended for carp.
But it wasn’t until the creature neared the bank that Adrian (44), from Ilkeston in Derbyshire, suddenly realised what he was attached to.
“I’d had a few carp and was reeling in to have a recast when the line went solid before tearing off. Five minutes later I had the fish in front of me, and then this huge long tail started coming up in the water. It took a few moments before I realised I had foul-hooked an eel in the tail!”
“There must be plenty of eel anglers out there who would love to catch such a fine creature - I know I’ll certainly never catch another so big. The guy who helped me photograph and measure it said it could be over 50 years old.
As a real angler, it makes me shudder with humbleness at this magnificent fish,” said Adrian.