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Conger Eel (Conger Conger) Record

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CONGER EEL / CONGER CONGER
4 8 21.63 47.11 Berry Head England 260507 F Hayward
6 12 28.84 62.4 Brixham  England 030701 P. Cashmore
8 16 33.91 74.12 Gosport England 230292 P. Gillies
10 20 45.87 101.2 Berry Head England 150405 F Hayward
15 30 47.74 105.4 Dartmouth England 250592 R. Goldsmith
24 50 60.44 133.4 Brixham     England 050695 D. Evans
37 80 46.27 102.0 Pevensey Bay   England 280893 D. Kyte
60 130 29.03 64.0 Hurd Deep     England 310890 M. Astrom
AT AT 60.44 133.4 Brixham England 050695 D. Evans
*SH SH 31.07 68.8 Plymouth England 91 M.Larkin

There are eight distinct species of Conger eel found in the Atlantic, but Conger oceanicus is the largest and most common. The Conger eel has a scaleless skin and its upper jaw extends beyond its lower. Colouring very much depends on the type of seabed it inhabits. On rocks, the back is charcoal grey and the underparts are pale, but over sand the back is a light-grey brown.

The breeding cycle of the Conger is still something of a mystery due to the enormous distances that they will travel to spawn. It is thought that the Conger migrate to the Sargasso Sea in the sub-tropical Atlantic to breed, spawning at depths of 10,000 to 12,000 ft. The larvae are transparent and flattened, and drift at the surface for up to 2 years before reaching the shoreline where they become cylindrical. At this stage they are still transparent and about 3 inches long. The full colouring appears by the time the eel is 12 inches long.

Conger Eel (Conger Conger)Conger are bottom feeders more than capable of catching live food. They will hole up in a wreck or rough ground and ambush lesser species. They will take fish baits, crab, cuttlefish and squid.

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