CONGER EEL

  • Conger eels are mostly found around the  coast of the British Isles coast, Their range extends throughout European waters.

  • This predator will hunt down and eat any  fish species it can find, but will also happily feed by scavenging for dead or rotting fish.

  • Description: Long snake-like muscular body. Scaleless skin which is dark grey, bluish or green in colour. Dorsal fin ranges all the way around the body and merges with anal fin. Upper jaw extends beyond lower jaw. Relatively large eyes and prominent lips with mouth full of small, sharp teeth.

Due to their size and the fact they always put up a strong fight when caught with rod and line conger eels are a highly-rated catch amongst sea anglers. Always popular as a target for boat anglers, especially those fishing over wrecks, it is perfectly possible to catch  big conger from rock marks and very rough ground 

The very biggest conger eel live out at sea in deep water, where they often live in wrecks and are targeted by boat anglers. The size conger eel can actually reach is unknown. Eels in excess of 200lb have been caught in commercial trawler’s nets, and a specimen weighing 350lb was reportedly caught by a trawler near the island of Vestmannaeyjar off the south coast of Iceland. Very large conger eels are certainly present in British waters. In May 2015 a 7ft long conger eel was caught in the nets of a trawler off the coast of Devon and weighed 133lb after being gutted. The current UK shore record is an eel of 68lb 8oz, caught at Devil’s Point, Plymouth in 1992, while the British boat record is 133lb 4oz, and was set in 1995.

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