Record weight: 6lb 15oz Lough Droumensia, Bantry, Cork. 1979.
Freshwater eel – suspended from ISFC list of eligible species
In compliance with a new bye-law, the CONSERVATION OF EEL FISHING BYE-LAW NO. C.S. 303, 2009, eel has been suspended from the specimen list from 14th May 2009. Claims for specimen eels taken before 14th May 2009 will be accepted. The new bye-law prohibits fishing for eel, or possessing or selling eel caught in the State. The commercial eel fishery has also been closed to conserve eel stocks in Ireland.
The angling bye-law will cease on 30 June 2012. For further information on the bye-law see the following link: http://www.fishinginireland.info/coarse/eel.htm
The long snake like appearance of the eel is its most distinguishing feature. It has small gills and pectoral fins, and a narrow dorsal fin.
Unlike all other coarse fish species the eel spawns at sea. The location of these spawning grounds are believed to be in the Sargasso Sea, although no adult eel has ever been located in this area. The newly hatched transparent larvae migrate across the Atlantic in less than one year eventually metamorphosing into small pigmented eels called “elvers”. At this stage the eel migrates into freshwater usually between April-June. The eel remains in freshwater for 7-40 years and then prepares for migration back to the spawning grounds. Prior to its migration back to the Sargasso the coloration of the eel changes from golden to silvery hue.
Adult female eels produce several million eggs.
Eels have been aged up to 40 years old.
Eels feed mainly on invertebrates, crustaceans, small fish and insect larvae.
Best Angling Methods:
Float fishing and ledgering.
Worms and maggots in general. Small deadbaits are deadly for big specimens.
|Best Times to Fish Eel|
|Note: ★ Good time to fish Eel ★ ★ Very good time to fish Eel|
Top 20 specimen eel from Irish waters
|No||Weight (lbs ozs)||Weight (kg)||Location||Date of Capture||Angler||Method|
|1||6 lbs 15ozs||3.147 kgs||Droumenisa Like, Bantry||12/06/1979||John Murnane||Worms|
|2||6 lbs 4 ozs||2.835 kgs||Lough Naback, Co. Cavan||04/07/1982||David Grimes||Maggots|
|3||5 lbs 15 ozs||2.693 kgs||Knockalough, Co. Clare||04/09/1979||Philip Treytel (NL)||Strip of Trout|
|4||5 lbs 15 ozs||2.693 kgs||R. Shannon, Clondra||25/09/1968||Edmund Hawksworth||Lobworms|
|5||-||2.608 kgs||Calloughs Lake, Northern Region||18/05/2001||Des McIntyre||Worms|
|6||5 lbs 11.5 ozs||2.594 kgs||Lough Bawn, Northern Region||04/10/1998||Master Ciaran Maxwell||Worms|
|7||5 lbs 11 ozs||2.580 kgs||River Barrow||11/07/1985||Kevin Murphy||Worms|
|8||5 lbs 10 ozs||2.551 kgs||Aughrusbeg Lake, WRFB||21/09/1978||J. J. Smits||Worms|
|9||-||2.500 kgs||Lough Derravaragh, Shannon Region||12/08/1993||Greg Long||Worms|
|10||5 lbs 7 ozs||2.466 kgs||Ballylagan Lake, Northern Ireland||26/05/1995||David Markey||Nymph|
|11||-||2.440 kgs||Lough Lene, Eastern Region||17/06/2006||Michael Flanagan||Worms|
|12||-||2.381 kgs||The Lough, Cork||09/05/2001||John Healy||Worms|
|13||5 lbs 2 ozs||2.325 kgs||Aughrusbeg Lake, Western Region||04/09/1978||J. J. Smits||Worms|
|14||5 lbs 2 ozs||2.325 kgs||White Lake, Eastern Region||05/06/1988||Paddy Carolan||Worms|
|15||5 lbs 2 ozs||2.325 kgs||White Lake, Eastern Region||19/06/1988||Oliver Kelly||Worms|
|16||5 lbs 0 ozs||2.268 kgs||The Lough, Cork||12/07/1976||Jim McGrath||Dead Rudd|
|17||4 lbs 15.5 ozs||2.254 kgs||Lake Gorteen, Shannon Region||26/09/1999||Robin Brazier||Dog Biscuit|
|18||4 lbs 15 ozs||2.240 kgs||River Lee, Inniscarra Res.||25/09/1998||Bill Collins||Lobworm|
|19||4 lbs 14 ozs||2.211 kgs||Stoneyford Res., Antrim||29/09/1977||John Huddleston||Worms|
|20||4 lbs 11 ozs||2.126 kgs||Dromtine Lake, Sneem, Co. Kerry||10/07/1972||A. Koppendraaier||Fish strip|