BARRY MCCONNELL showed the potential of commercial stillwaters for eels with this stunning 7 lb 11 oz super snake.

Barry, 54, made a five-fish haul over a two-night period at day ticket Spring Lea Fisheries, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

Barry, from Ellesmere in the same county, said: ’It was interesting to find such a large eel in such a young fishery as it was only built in 1991.

‘Commercials seem to have incredible growth rates for eels and could be the way forward.

‘It’s a far cry from the wilderness fishing that I enjoy so much but I have to admit the fight was awesome, the size of the fish totally unexpected and I was in a state of shock for the rest of the night.

‘I must stress there is strictly no night fishing allowed at this fishery but the manager, Julian, is allowing members of the National Anguilla Club to go on with me for limited night fishing trials to survey the eel stocks.’

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