Usual Size:5lb - 100lb
UK Record Weights from rod/line:
Shore:68lb-08oz-00 Devils Point, Plymouth M Larkin 1991
Boat:133lb-04oz-00 off Brixham, Devon Vic Evans 1995
MAFF Minimum Size: Shore: 91cm (36ins)
There are eight distinct species of Conger found in the Atlantic, but Conger oceanicus is the largest and most common. Specimens up to 250lbs have been taken by commercial fisherman although any fish caught on rod and line over 70lbs would be considered a specimen. The Conger has a scaleless skin and its upper jaw extends beyond its lower. Colouring very much depends on the type of seabed it inhabits. On rocks, the back is charcoal grey and the underparts are pale, but over sand the back is a light-grey brown. The margins of the dorsal and anal fins are black. The conger can normally be differentiated from another eel merely by its size. However, small fish can be identified by the dorsal fin beginning at the pectoral fins and running the length of its body. The dorsal fin on a silver eel begins well back from its pectoral fins.
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