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Conger Fishing - on Ocean Warrior 3
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By David Elliott

Conger fishing – on Ocean Warrior 3, which is based in Newhaven on the South Coast of England. Ocean Warrior 3 specialises in Conger fishing trips on the deep sea wrecks that lay within the English Channel.

Conger fishing gives you a great day out with the chance of catching other species along the way. When you are fishing at anchor while Conger fishing; you can also pick up some big Pollock and Cod on the baits. The picture is of Mark, he is bent in to catching a big Conger and Harry is shown with 2 nice sized Pollock, this was while they were Conger fishing on a deep sea wreck at anchor.

Ryan Matthews caught a staggering Conger eel of 79lb when he was only 9 years old on the Ocean Warrior 3. On this Conger fishing trip, we had Conger up to 81lb on the day. The best bait we have found to use while Conger fishing – on Ocean Warrior 3, is Mackerel flappers. But alternatively, another bait that also works well is cuttlefish while Conger fishing, as we have found that if there are any Cod around this will seek them out around the wreck.

Also, Ryan’s Dad Andy Matthews holds the Newhaven Port Record for Conger fishing – on Ocean Warrior 3, which was a staggering 103lb. This big eel was returned back to the sea alive, which is what we always do on the Ocean Warrior 3. This is skipper David Elliott’s policy on his boat, as we just enjoy the fight and the strength of these big Conger while Conger fishing and it gives you the chance to go out and catch them again.

We also have video’s filmed aboard Ocean Warrior 3 if you want to see what Conger fishing is all about, you can find them on my website or on You tube – take a look.. Conger fishing is David Elliott’s favourite type of sea angling as they are one of the hardest fighting fish we have off the south coast and they give you a cracking day’s sport fishing.

The tackle you would need for Conger fishing is; A Shimano or Penn Reels (our preferred choice) with 50-60lb of braid or mono line, on a 30-50lb class rod, then end tackle is a heavy duty boom which then continues to your lead of either 1 or 2lb, depending on the tide you are Conger fishing on. The trace we use now is a mono trace between 200-300lb (around a metre long), attached to an 8.0 or 10.0 size hook.

If you fancy a day out Conger fishing, the best months are between May and the end of September which are the prime fishing months. If you would like to book up your Conger fishing trip, call David Elliott on 07966 377145 or look at the website for more information at www.oceanwarrior3.com
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