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 take shortly after recasting.
“It was a nightmare to get in the net, but once on the bank it was clearly a very big fish,” he said. “I fished hard on a number of new waters this summer to try and beat my pb but only had a number of small eels to show for my efforts. It was extremely rewarding to get this one after so many difficult nights.”