This year saw long standing Lymm member and Eel fishing specialist Jason Webb (Anguilla) catch a previously unknown and uncaught Lymm Angling Club fish, a rare North West six pound.
His story unfolds….
“I’ve been fishing for Eel’s on and off for more than 20 years, catching plenty of 2lbers, 3lbpers and a few 4lbers… The six this year came after 16 straight blanks on this water… It was a strange night as everything just seemed to switch on… The carp were ravenous and becoming a nuisance as I caught 3 Carp on live baits until about 1 in the morning…. then at around 4am the roll over flicked over and the bite alarm gave just a couple of bleeps.
Picking up the rod and tightening down slowly, I felt for a line bite… and could feel the Eel making short work of my live bait trap…. Striking into the fish all hell suddenly broke loose, the rod hooped right over and an almighty tussle ensued, with line tearing off the clutch.
When it surfaced, I could see the huge size of it and I was a relieved man to get it in the net as it thrashed, twisted and rolled every which way at the net to try and evade capture.
The girth on the Eel was huge and at just under 4 feet long it was the eel I has spent the past 20 years trying to catch…. At 6lb 1oz it was just a couple of ounces short of the all time Lymm Angling club record for that species that has stood for nearly 25 years…
An awesome fish estimated at 50+ years old… which subsequently won me a 2018 UK National Angling award presented by the President of the National Anguilla Club in Birmingham.
People ask me why fish for eel’s? Simple, it’s the buzz of catching a completely unknown, uncaught fish that hasn’t been given a pet name… Priceless.”
Thanks to Jason for the Story and a big congratulations to him from all at the club.