6lb 11oz specimen eel taken on a muggy and wet night

Duncan Charman finally came up trumps in his quest for a huge eel when he banked this impressive 6lb 11oz specimen.

After spending many a night this summer pursuing the species from venues as far afield as Somerset, it was a gravel pit not far from his Aldershot, Hants home that produced the goods for Korum consultant Duncan.

As well as the big one, the freelance photographer also took two other sizeable eels during his overnight session, with sections of freshly-killed roach and rudd proving the downfall of all three.

He said: “I was travelling home from a meeting last week, and decided to drop on to a water with a modest track records for eels. On my first session I managed to catch two - the bigger of which weighed 4lb 9oz.

“I returned a few days later, and after catching a few small bait fish at dusk, cast out in anticipation. It was muggy, overcast and wet - a trademark night for eels. I couldn’t get to sleep because I had a sixth sense feeling that something was going to happen.”

His gut feeling was proved right a couple of hours later when a screaming run signalled the start of a hectic four-hour spell, during which Duncan had four runs, resulting in three fish banked.

“I lost the first eel I hooked at 10am, but then I had two more runs in quick succession around midnight, resulting in the fish of 3lb 8oz and 4lb 10oz.

“After a two-hour wait, I then took the biggest, which falls just over 6oz short of my personal-best eel, caught a few years ago from Petersfield Heath in East Hants,” added Duncan, who used a John Sidley rig constructed from a 1.5oz running lead, a 25lb Quicksilver hooklink and a size 8 Korum S3 hook.