Conger Eel

With a long sleek, scale less body, an upper jaw extending beyond it’s lower, there is not much to mistake a conger eel with. The colour of a conger can vary slightly depending on the ground it inhabits, but tends to be from a light to a dark grey/black appearance.

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The dorsal fin on a conger starts at the pectoral fins, and runs the length of its body. The British record for a conger eel is in excess of 130lb, although there have been commercially caught eels recorded over 250lb.

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The congers tend to inhabit very rough and rocky areas. The better specimens are found in and around the shipwrecks that litter the seas around the UK.

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Congers are mainly nocturnal feeders, with the odd few feeding during daylight. However i depths below 50ft they tend to feed most times.

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Rig choice is simple. all you need is a 2′ – 4- length of 150 – 250lbmono. One end a good heavy duty swivel and on the business end size 6/0 – 10/0 hooks.

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