Given that I’m a bag up angler over a specimen hunter mine are very modest so I don’t tend to commit the exact figures to memory and some are guesstimations but are roughly as follows:
Carp 17lb 4 oz
Pike 7lb ish
Tench 6lb 6 oz
Chub 5lb 6 oz
Barbel 5lb ish
Bronze Bream 5lb ish
Ghostie/koi 4lb ish
Perch 3lb 2 oz ish
F1 3lb ish
Brown Trout 2lb 8oz
Crucian 2lb 4oz
Grayling 2lb 2oz
Roach 2lb 2oz
Goldfish 2lb ish
Rainbow trout 1lb 8oz
Rudd 1lb ish
Ide 1lb ish
Dace 9oz ish
Silver Bream 8oz ish
Golden Orfe 4oz ish
Bleak, gudgeon, Ruffe and salmon all about 2oz
Sea fish if required would be a long list and mostly guesstimations!
Most of those are eminently beatable, especially with the waters I'm now fishing. What pleased me with the pike and perch is that they were both things I was targeting; the pike I'd driven best part of an hour having got up at silly o'clock, set up in the dark, and caught it before my 2nd bait hit the water. The perch was one of a number that day on the stick float on the Trent, hitting a swim which I thought would hold them. Zander on the other hand, what else would you expect from a screaming run on a bit of pepperami popped up with fake corn?!
I did the perch, bream and pike ones this year and I think they are the most realistic ones to break again next year as the Thames is full of them to decent sizes. Barbel should be easy to better if I get on a river with a decent head of them again.
Roach and Rudd bests have stood for 13 and 11 years respectively so don’t think they are improving anytime soon!
This year was a good one for PBs for me with all of those being caught this year other than the Tench which was about 15 years ago. I also caught my first canal Chub at about 2.5lb which means as much if not more than the Chub I've been catching out of the weir pool as I'd spent years as a kid fishing caster and chopped worm to the far bank in canal matches without getting one.
As a match angler I don't target specimens - but they're a happy bonus when they come along.
My most recent PB was a 2:8 roach in a bag of chub on the Wye team champs about four years ago
The hardest to beat would be a 3:8 rudd that I had in the 80s
The easiest to beat should be carp - with a best of only 8:10 (I don't fish commercial type waters as per my user name)
The one I enjoyed most was unweighed - catching several low double figure bream in a session on a gravel pit that I used to match fish - where a 4 pounder was big (30 or so years ago). Big bream on a swingtip is a lot of fun.
Unfinished business is to go back there and catch one when I've got scales with me! Last two times I've been, I've blanked.
not many claiming an eel PB ... IMO a big eel is a HUGE fish.
My best is 3 pounds from the Stratford Canal in an evening match. Back in the 90s there were loads in there (close to where it joins the Avon) and I worked out a simple method for catching them in matches. That evening I won with about 9 pounds of eels.
That fish felt enormous ... getting it in the net was hard enough! I've seen some big eels in aquarium in New Zealand - monster fish!