A superb account of eel fishing in the UK (and a fair bit in Australia and New Zealand) by a man who could truly be described as being obsessed with the species. A great book. "It's often said nowadays that there's no characters to be found in angling anymore. If that is true, then Barry McConnell is the exception to the rule; they don't come any more unique than Barry. From his early childhood beginnings on the local canal, he progressed to carp fishing in the early 'seventies, ultimately specialising in the pursuit of eels and zander, of which he has a list of massive fish second to none. And along the way, Barry has accumulated a lifetime of knowledge that is reflected in his dedication to his craft; he also has that uncanny knack of catching big eels from a diversity of venues... In this book you will find an honest, warts-and-all journey of a dedicated eel angler, a man who takes his fishing to extreme limits whether it's in the United Kingdom or Australia and New Zealand. The campaigns that have led Barry and his compatriot Pete Drabble in a quest for the mysterious eel are without doubt adventures that will inspire others to pursue their own dream." The dust-wrapper illustration, and other small eel illustrations in the book, are by Chris Turnbull. Chapters include: Born to fish; Bill's Pool; Starting on the trail of a 5lb eel - grown men going fishing; Still on the trail of a 5lb eel - a learning curve; Dawn eels; Spawn-time eeling; Wem 7; Jurassic Park; Noah's Ark; A difficult swim to fish; The third week in June; Nothing ventured nothing gained in New Zealand; Try something different; Eutrophic waters; Exploring local waters; Escapades and mishaps on canals; Three seasons on the claypit; An encounter with age; Daytime mission; A fish of dreams; Highland eeling; Summer in February in New Zealand; The deeper the water: the bigger the eel in Australia; Wilderness fishing for ferox and eels; The deepest swim in England; Winter eel-fishing; Australia 2010 eel record attempt; Gravel pit experiences; A repeat capture; Endword.