Beast of an eel from virgin water

TATTOO artist Charlie Coppolo had a great eel start to his efforts at a totally unknown lake when he matted this jumbo 5 lb 12 oz eel.

The 33-year-old from Great Wakering, Essex, told Angler’s Mail: “I finally got my first night eel fishing of the year and tried my luck on a new water.

“As far as my research found, it had no history of eels whatsoever, which incidentally is exactly what I look for in an eel water.

“I’ve found venues with no history of eel catches tend to throw up one or two big ones.

“And I’m positive no one has ever targeted them intentionally here.

“The night was eventful, with lots of indications of fish being in the vicinity, with dropped runs and single bleeps on the alarms.

“With daylight approaching I thought I may have missed my chance, when all of a sudden I had a proper run on a JS Rig and small section of rudd.

“The fish properly beasted me, but after a strong fight I managed to coax the fish to the net.

“I was staggered by the girth of the fish, and assumed it was a high ‘4’, but was especially pleased when I weighed it in at 5 lb 12 oz.

“Who knows whether there’s more or bigger in there but I’ll definitely be back for another go,” added Charlie.

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