Conger Eel (Conger conger)
Big rod-caught conger eels can weigh 27.20 Kg (60 lbs) or more, making them the largest eel species in the world by weight. Conger eels caught by commercial fishermen has been reported to be around 100kg (220 lbs). These monsters have also been spotted by deep-sea divers. The average rod-caught conger eel weighs around 9.10 Kg (20 lbs).
The conger eel has a serpent-like head, with a rounded snout and wide protruding eyes, its body is very long, scaleless and covered in slime. The body is generally coloured grey; although it can appear blackish. It has a white belly and small white spots follow the lateral line. The conger eel also has large gill openings which are present in the lateral position and razor-sharp teeth arranged in rows. As with all eels, the dorsal and anal fins are merged, and small pectoral fins are also present. The adult conger eel has an average length of 1.5 m (4 ft 10), with females being longer on average.
The conger eel is commonly found amongst rocks, in holes known as “eel pits”. The conger eel is nocturnal and so feeds at night, where it hunts fish, cephalopods and crustaceans.
Warning: Dodge those teeth!
Silver Eel (Scientific name: Anguilla anguilla)
Size: Up to 5ft in length and 20lbs. Shore caught typically 1-3lbs.UK minimum size: N/a – all silver eels caught by anglers must be returned to the sea by law (see below).
UK shore caught record: 11lb 2oz
Description: (When at the Silver Eel stage of life) Long thin body which is covered in slime. Back and flanks are grey to dark green with lower half and belly pale/white. Dorsal fin starts one third along the body and joins the anal fin. Lower jaw protrudes noticeably further than the upper jaw.