14-year wait ends with 7lb 2oz eel

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

A 14-YEAR wait to break his eel per­sonal best fi­nally came to end for Lee An­drews when he slipped the net un­der this whop­ping 7lb 2oz spec­i­men from an un­promis­ing venue.

Having landed a 6lb 2oz fish back in 2002, the 35-year-old from the West Mid­lands spent hours on the bank in search of a big­ger fish, vis­it­ing nu­mer­ous venues across the coun­try.

His lat­est ex­ploits saw the Na­tional An­guilla Club mem­ber fish­ing mul­ti­ple ses­sions on a stillwater in the Mid­lands, de­spite not know­ing if it even held the species. Af­ter feed­ing no fewer than 10 pints of mag­gots his pa­tience was fi­nally re­warded when the fish took hold of his hook­bait of five lob­worms fished 1ft 6ins off the deck.

A re­lieved Lee told An­gling Times: “I had fished this wa­ter for five week­ends with­out a sin­gle run, but I kept at it as I had a feel­ing there would be eels in there.

“I hope this gives ev­ery­one the mo­ti­va­tion to carry on fish­ing for this won­der­ful species.

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