Multitudes of anglers have been fanatically fishing in the Netherlands’ waters over the past few months, and they have caught some beautiful fish, including some potential record-breakers. Freshwater records are maintained in the BNRZ list (www.bnrz.nl), and saltwater records are updated annually in the NCRZ list (www.ncrz.nl). The size of the fish in the record lists are a good indication of the Netherlands’ potential as a sport fishing country.
Saltwater fish (NCRZ)
Peter Bogaard from Steenbergen has earned the right to be called our country’s tope specialist. He regularly catches large individuals, and currently holds the record at 167 cm. However, he recently submitted convincing evidence claiming a catch of an even bigger shark: 169.5 cm. This enormous fish was not weighed upon catch, so it could be released back into the water as quickly as possible. Early next year, the NCRZ committee will discuss the claim, so you still have until the end of the year to snatch away Peter’s title. Thornback ray
Anglers in Zeeland regularly catch rays in addition to sharks. The most common rays there are whiptail stingrays, but the MS Limanda’s regular guest Henk Lips recently caught another ray species. It was a thornback ray measuring 68 cm and weighing 1,850 grammes, as carefully recorded by proud skipper Arian Huijbregts. This claim gives Henk both the length and weight records for thornback rays. Conger
While fishing from the northern pier at Wijk aan Zee this spring, Martijn Roos caught a European conger measuring 76 centimetres long, and weighing 952 grammes. Along with the fish, he also reeled in the Dutch records for length and weight, as this is the first claim for a European conger ever received by the NCRZ committee. The fish stocks in the North Sea are constantly changing, so who knows what other surprises the future has in store for us.
Freshwater fish (BNRZ)Cruisian carp
Justin Burggraaf was fishing for carp with a method feeder when he caught a real Dutch crucian carp (not to be confused with the Prussian carp). At 43 centimetres, it broke the previous record of 39 cm held by Piet de Graaf. Justin has stated his intention to keep at it until he breaks his own 43 cm record, to make it even harder to beat.
The Prussian carp closely resembles the Crucian carp, but it is much more common in the Netherlands. However, few of them come close to the size of the one caught by Jessica Vis. This Prussian carp measured a whopping 55 cm, which makes it longer than the previous record by four centimetres. This new record won’t be easy to top, as the fish is close to the maximum size a Prussian carp can attain. Stone Moroko
Benjamin Habets (6) is the youngest record holder on the BNRZ list. He was fishing at a pond with his twin brother Ruben and father Frank, when dad recognised a stone moroko among all of the little whitefish. Like any good angler, he had memorised the record lists, so he knew that the 10-centimetre fish could be a record breaker. His suspicion is hereby confirmed! Bighead goby
While dropshotting with a worm, Paul van der Ende felt a hard strike, and when he reeled it in Paul saw he had caught a huge gobi with another fish in its mouth. The BNRZ committee quickly confirmed that it was a bighead goby and at 18 cm it made Paul the new official record holder. Spined Loach
Tico Wezenberg (12) was astonished to catch a spined loach measuring 10 cm while fishing for whitefish. When he proudly displayed his catch to his parents, he mentioned that he might be in the running for a record. Tico’s parents then contacted the BNRZ, and the committee soon confirmed that the unintentional bycatch was actually a new Dutch record. Some kids have all the luck!