Dutch term – Palingvisser

A palingvisser is a fishermen that specializes in catching eel. Several villages around the Zuidersee (South Sea, now a lake called IJsselmeer), like Volendam, were famous for their eels.

Eel fisherman next to his house near Amsterdam, 1918.
Credits: F.F.P. Bins, collection Amsterdam City Archives (public domain).


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