Patience pays off with 5lb 6oz stillwater eel

Targeting big eels can be a frustrating game, and often you can never be sure whether your chosen water even holds them – but hard work and perseverance paid off handsomely for Tony Smith when he slipped the net under this 5lb 6oz fish.
A roach head presented over the top of a bed of chopped worms and maggots proved to be the winning combination for the dedicated specimen hunter from Knottingley, West Yorks.
The eel came from a local stillwater and was beaten to the bank with a rig made from 10lb Korda mainline, a 25lb hooklink and a size 6 hook.