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

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 snag to attract the attention of the fish that was beaten on 15lb line, a braided hooklink and a size 6 hook.

“The advantage of using hair-rigged boilies is that this species tend to get deeply hooked, but this set-up helps the hook set into the eels’ lips and ensures they go back safely,” said John.