Fishing for Conger/Eels on the Bristol channel
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Location- Ladye bay just outside of Bristol.
Aim- To catch Strap conger Eels.

Knowing that the Cod weren't really showing but eager to get a bait in the water i decided to head to the channel and fish for the strap conger. They might not be everyone's favourite fish to catch but they have been caught up to 25lb near by from the shore and they are usually willing to feed. A fish this big would take some beating. Being October the weather was a bit unpredictable but there was a big tide due which can really get the fish moving around the rocky areas of Ladye Bay. As the tide rushes up and down the channel you would normally cast a bait out into the main flow but when you are fishing the point at Ladye Bay the best place to find the Eels is to cast into the quieter waters of the bay. The bottom if full of boulders with the odd clear mud patch and the Eels go on the hunt here.

Conger are greedy and will take most baits but i find sections of oily fish works best. I have also just started to inject my baits with a fish oil which you can buy from most of tackle shops. The oil is normally aimed at pike fisherman but send out a great smelly scent in the water and i have to admit it has increased my catches.

The trip:

7am and i was casting out from the point. It was two hours until high tide and i started by fishing with squid on one rod and oil injected sprats on the other. It was a little quiet until high tide when the rod with the sprat on started to bounce around. I struck and felt that unmistakable wriggle backwards which was a Eel. Not a huge one but around 3-4 lb. A good start. After missing a clonker of a bite the tip started to bounce again and another Eel surfaced by the rocks. This time it was a little bigger around the 4-5lb mark. The oil injected sprats had worked a treat.

Give the conger a go.

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