I remember Pat O’Callaghan, a favourite Killybegs skipper of mine telling me about an eel taken on a hand line in Killybegs Harbour, measuring eight feet long and weighing in at 90lbs. A diver has told of his horror ordeal after a two metre Conger Eel took a chunk out of his face. Whiting in particular are under-estimated as a top predator bait, but can be un-beatable at times for Spur dog, Tope, Bull Huss, and of course, our target species, Conger. Yes, one has to be careful of their powerful jaws, and they corkscrew and thrash on the surface if one is indecisive during the landing phase, but once aboard or on land a wet sack thrown over the … A sample of 166 conger eel, Conger conger (Linnaeus, 1758) were captured between August 1998 and June 1999, from the inshore south coastal waters of Ireland using demersal trawl, longlines, lobster and shrimp pots. Home Tags Conger eel. A decent twenty pounder, quickly photographed and returned. 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Latin name Conger conger. In fact, I believe that the added commotion a pack of dogs create on the seabed actually attracts other predators to the area. A call to Phil told us that the inshore banks had fished poorly. Fact file. While diving, a conger eel decided that he looked suitable for dinner and bit a big chunk off Jimmy’s left cheek. I have taken plenty of eels on short, four-inch snoods, paternoster style, in search of Ling. The base of piers and jetties are excellent and offer the possibility to produce specimens, but in general, most of the larger fish are taken from off-shore reefs and wrecks. When the eel takes the bait, it will head for the safety of the seabed, giving a very positive bite. The likelihood of deep hooking means a bronze hook can be safely left inside the eel if necessary, and will eventually rust. Expand your Outlook. The well-known ports and harbours … He explained: “I’ve been diving for 20 years. 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You can unsubscribe at any time. No need to register, buy now! Juggling tides and wind direction is never easy when planning an angling trip, but eventually a window of opportunity appeared, and Dave Craig, Michael Mcgimpsey and I were at the harbour, raring to go. Users will no longer be able to send outgoing emails or accept incoming emails. It would be another hour before conditions were suitable to present our baits correctly. These predators prefer rocky and rough ground and will also inhabit groynes and harbour walls, and are more often caught at night. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. Shallow reefs tend to produce smaller eels up to twenty pounds, but in larger numbers. When you think of it the chances of a conger eel catching a mackerel are slim. To allay any fears that we were missing something, I called Phil and Andy on the VHF. Biggest of the day: 190cm conger about 40lbs . At long last, the target species, and a bonus doggie. The conger eel is a species which is similar to a moray eel with skin, without scales and covered in grey mucus. Voir cette photo intitulée Conger Eel Conger Conger Lahinch Coclare Ireland. Beginning March 2nd, 2020 the Mailing Lists functionality on RootsWeb will be discontinued. July 13 2013 04:06 AM A DIVER has said he is "extremely lucky to be alive" after a freak attack in which a giant conger eel bit away a huge chunk of his face. For some reason, Eel captures weighing over 60 lbs on rod and line are quite rare in Ireland, so heavier tackle in the 50lb class is not usually necessary. Fishing in Ireland – Catch the unexpected. A wise decision, as shortly after the radio call, the rods began knocking, and Lesser-Spotted Dogfish queued to be caught. The larvae are transparent and flat, and drift for up to two years, where they reach the shoreline and begin the change to the snake-like shape of adult fish. Thirty minutes later, and steadily gaining line, the large, greenish-white glow of the under-belly showed, looming up from the depths. The conger is studded with slivers of garlic and wrapped in caul fat, which gives the fish a wonderful smooth moistness. Longford Place, Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Subscribe to the Irish Angling Update. Mike un-intentionally provided a service by catching all the nuisance dogs and a few Black Mouths. Don’t forget to carry a T-bar and pliers to ease un-hooking, and side cutters to chop a hook or wire trace if required. Congers are predators and can attack humans. They had about 10 straps and Evan had one big eel of 40lbs. We've developed a suite of premium Outlook features for people with advanced email and calendar needs. This was a male fish, and measurements put him in the 120lb bracket. Congers spend their entire life in marine waters, maturing between five and fifteen years then migrate to deep waters of the sub-tropical mid Atlantic to spawn and apparently, die. Conger eels have both reputation and attitude most of it I believe misplaced, in my experience having caught conger up to thirty pound they are not fearsome or difficult to catch but are just awkward when hooked. NBN Atlas Northern Ireland. It was only a juvenile by Conger standards, tipping the scales at eight pounds, but a Conger none the less for a photograph. Conger Eels are primarily fish eaters. I have yet to try circle hooks for Conger, this may be an option to prevent deep hooking; I have found they certainly work well with Spur dogs and Smooth hound. To make the most of these deep-water marks, it is preferable to fish on neap tides, maximising the time that can be spent with baits actually on the seabed. To combat this, hook lengths must be constructed using suitable wire or commercial mono of at least 100lb B/S. Charter boat fishing shaping up well after slow start at Downings. Great to see a Skate breaking the surface, always an un-forgettable experience. Age, determined from vertebrae and sagittal otoliths, ranged from 4 to 20 years. The rod bent as if I had hooked the seabed, and the battle commenced. They even came across tuna a few times throughout the day and a there was a lot of whale and dolphin activity too. I've been conger fishing for a while now (but I've only ever caught 2 congers which were about 7lbs) and I wanted to catch a big conger. In preparation, I slipped on the shoulder harness and butt pad, carefully watching for further signs that the giant “flattie”, if that was what it was, had taken the Conger bait. Conger eels are powerful fish, with equally powerful jaws and strong teeth. IT shouldn't be seen in Irish waters but the second sighting of the deadly moray eel off the southwest coast this year is alarming, an expert has warned. Voir plus d'idées sur le thème philatélie, timbre, timbre poste. However, there are a few particular hot spots where, going on past performances, the scales may be tipped in my favour. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any particular wreck or reefs that are positively guaranteed to produce a decent Conger, apart from those fabulous marks outside of Cork Harbour that Jim and Sean Clohessy do so well on. Commercial Eel fishing is still of commercial importance to Northern Ireland, The Lough Neagh fishery maintains 150 to 200 mixed seasonal and full time jobs and is the largest remaining single site fishery in Europe. A nice Spur but not our target species on this occasion. Fishing is carried out under a management plan drawn up to meet the requirements of the 2009 EU eel regulation aimed at recovery of the internationally depleted stock. When a Conger shows interest, slowly lift the pirk off the bottom and the eel will follow. Conger Eel. We were looking at large lobsters and I was floating in the water. They also help to bulk out the bait supply, but to be on the safe side; a few dozen pre-frozen Mackerel were brought along as emergency back up. It’s not long before a stray lion moves in to take what it wants, and the scavengers scatter! Baker Jimmy said it felt like a punch to his face as the eel pounced, knocking his breath regulator from his mouth. His wound required 20 stitches that will require painful plastic surgery over the coming months. “So I went down and had a great time. This makes life easier when lifting the fish back into the water. I have caught quite a few on my local marks, but they have always been bonus fish rather than something deliberately …