This 6lb 7oz eel was the pick of a stunning overnight haul from a Hertfordshire gravel pit by Neil Stephens.
After putting his faith in lobworm hookbaits suspended just below the surface, the London-based rod also took eels weighing 4lb 2oz, 4lb 12oz, 4lb 15oz and 5lb 9oz during hot and humid conditions.
“I wanted to make the most of the first really hot night of the year – there were only four hours of proper darkness and the atmosphere was electric throughout!
“I have found that baits fished on the top are very effective on really warm nights. In these conditions, it also pays to have one rod right in the edge – the 6lb 7oz eel took a bait tight to a reedbed in only 1ft of water,” said Neil.
“I’m hoping for a stinking hot summer, so I can have a few more nights like this!”