Short Range Conger Rig

Conger Rig

Generally speaking conger will be found living in very heavy ground, usually in crevices or cracks in rocks, or within the structure of piers. For this reason long casting is rarely needed and rigs for conger eels can simply be lowered directly down into the water or lobbed out a very short distance. This rig has been designed  specifically for these situations. The rig is very simple as snags are likely in the rough ground which conger live and the simplicity reduces the metalwork which will become snagged and keeps the cost of the rig down. The snood is made of heavy wire line as the sharp teeth of the conger could bite through monofilament (wire is always better than heavy mono Рconger can potentiallty bite through 100lb+ monofilament). The weak mono link has no Gemini breaker or other safety release system. This is for two reasons: firstly, since casts will typically be less than fifteen yards no safe release system is necessary, and secondly, since the baits being used here will be so large Рtypically large whole squid or mackerel flappers Рonly a light weight of two or three ounces will be needed to get the bait out and sink it down to the seabed. With weights so light the fifteen pound breaking strain line is all that is needed (provided that casts are just gentle lobs) and line this light means that it will break easily if the weight gets snagged. Since conger eel fishing is best done with the reel free to let out line and the ratchet (line out alarm) of the reel set, this rig also allows the conger to take line freely without dragging the lead along the seabed. Furthermore, the fact that conger will often spin when caught means that a heavy-duty, high quality swivel should be incorporated between the wire snood and the reels mainline.

Components needed:

  • Large swivel x 1
  • Medium swivel x 1
  • 8mm bead x 1
  • Wire crimps x 2
  • Size 6/0 or 8/0 hook x 1
  • 100lb wire line
  • 10 – 15lb ¬†weak link monofilament
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