Raymond Wallace couldn’t quite believe it when his tench fishing session was interrupted by not one, but two, huge eels of 7lb 10oz and 6lb 4oz.
Targeting a lake close to his London home, the 64-year-old caught both fish using a waggler and a corn hookbait three rod lengths out. Both fish were beaten using a 12ft match, 3lb line and size 14 hook, over a bed of corn and mashed bread feed.
Raymond reckons that soaking his corn in halibut marine oil for three days previously pulled in the eels: “I’ve had success doing this for tench before and when I hooked the first eel I actually thought it was a record tench,” he said. “Then it started going backwards in that giveaway eel style. I didn’t even know there was any in the water. My personal best was 6lb 3oz before this and I’ve had a few 5lb’ers on deadbaits but these latest two were pure luck!”