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has anyone ever targeted conger up here? i know a few marks have thrown them out like craster. just wandering if anyone else knows of any piers local that have produced them. cheers.
 

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Hi there,
I asked this question if the guys on my other forum, and got really interesting answers from some serious anglers and commercial guys.
A few are caught, but very few. Even on boats.
I asked the question because I had heard the odd tale, but never seen or caught myself, despite the fact I fish places like Filey Brigg a fair bit, which one would think would be about as perfect as it gets. Heard of just one caught there, and one caught in Scarborough harbour, both a while back, and both on the smaller side.
It seems the answer boiled down to the fact they preferred warmer waters, so stick almost exclusively to the Gulf Stream. North East waters are the coldest, and take longest to warm, of any round the UK. Colder even than the northern tip of Scotland.
That said, a few decades ago, when there was a very seriously cold stretch, many dead ones were washed up on beaches. Hazarding a guess, I would think they were swept into out waters by strong warm currents, then died when here (rather than being resident stock).
Hope that answers your question.
 

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i kinda thought this but i have heard of a few coming in and also torness power station inlet is said to hold a resident stock. apparently when the inlet got blocked a few years back the divers that were sent to clean it saw quite a few sizable fish. craster produced a 36lb fish a few year back too.
 

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ive tried a few wrecks off here. but i think the water is too cold for them in numbers. we caught one on the drift on a wreck on the 8mile a few years back but never seen another from there.

a friend fo mine has caught them uptiding early on while the water is still warm inside. this year, following a mild winter, we might see a few at the back end of summer id targeted
 
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