Conger eels come under the genus Conger consisting of fourteen species. This group has some of the largest species of eels. This scaleless eel weighs up to 60 lbs. and grows up to 9 ft. long.
This species belongs to the Carangidae family and mainly feeds on small fish and crustaceans at night.
Conger eels are found in temperate waters of the Indian, West Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. They are mainly used as food fish and have an average life span of twenty years.
Conger eels have a long body with a head shaped like a serpent. It has a slim head, long snout, and protruding eyes.
Their skin type is smooth and is primarily greyish, although it may appear black at an initial glance. It has small white spots following the lateral line and a white belly.
It has sharp teeth arranged in a row and is sharped like a razor. The female conger eels are longer and larger than their male counterparts.
Habitat and Lifestyle
Conger eels are found in most oceans of the world. This species are bottom-dwellers and are seen as deep as 2900 ft.
During mating season, this eel species doesn?t migrate long distances, unlike other species of eels.
Conger eels are native to Western and Eastern Atlantic waters. This fish can also survive out of water for several hours.
Finding and Catching
This fish can be caught from an inflatable boat or kayak.
Conger eels are found mainly in coastal waters, jetties, deep shore water, bay, pier, etc. It is typically found in holes among rocks, commonly called eel pits.
Two common methods to catch conger eels are still fishing and drift fishing.
Conger eels live inshore during warm weather and can be caught easily. They move towards deep offshore in winter and return around May.
For deep inshore, June to October are the best months to catch conger eels.
The effective ways to bait or lure Conger eels are as follows:
- Whole live fish
- Cut bait