Story: Eels

A 16-kilo longfin

A 16-kilo longfin

Rangi Goodman (left) and Don Edwards hold a monster eel. It was caught by their friend Warren Kennedy, from the Wainuiomata River in June 1965. Weighing 16 kilograms, and 1.68 metres long, it had a girth of 81 centimetres. While eeling, Mr Kennedy had noticed what he thought was a log, and moved aside. But when the ‘log’ followed he realised what it was, and speared it. The largest recorded longfin eel weighed in at 24 kilograms.

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Paddy Ryan, 'Eels - New Zealand eels', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Paddy Ryan, published 24 Sep 2007