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Old 03 August 2007, 02:08   #21
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Pardon my ignorance but what in blooming hell is a Conger? Might I assume that whatever it is, its a bit agressive? Just curious as I think I've either been chased or bitten by every other creature on the planet....

conger is the one withoutthe santa suit
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Congers are nasty beggars to get out, and usually fill the pot dont put your fingers near it either, I kill mine in the pot, as my exit gates are a bit fidly.
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Conger

Well, they're big enough, that's for sure. They have a Mackrel or Wahoo shape (Wahoo is somewhere in the Mackrel family) and both have a very nice set of choppers.

The real question though, looking at their size, is ARE THEY GOOD TO EAT?

Biting something back that tries to bite you is generally the way to go..
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Not those things.

They have teeth like a bulldog ie all face backwards and lock on and twist - probably a hospital job to get them off and certainly to treat the bite wounds.
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The real question though, looking at their size, is ARE THEY GOOD TO EAT?
Yes, think of Salmon steaks

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Biting something back that tries to bite you is generally the way to go..
Agreed found they are normally shy of divers and bright torches in particular. However its always good for a giggle to pull there tails when you find them on a wreck, just to let them know who is boss

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Not that good to eat either especially after you have wrestled with them to get them out of the pot .I open the gate and hope it slides out into the sea ,usually it flops into the boat and then you have the fun of all on board trying to balance on the pod seats as it races round the bottom !I hate them .
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Pete you are truly a hard man !
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Nah, they hide in wrecks so have limited movement under the steel plates etc so you have chance to move quickly if you have to.

Next time you are out you might want to try your pots over by Princesses bank (sp) IOW there is a wreck 20 yards East of one cardinal mark and she has good lobsters and congers on her

There is also a wreck on the edge of the deep water channel south of hayling, think its called the cement wreck but can't be sure. Went down in 1967 and until recently had 4 cardinal marks protecting it as lives were lost when she sank, however it would be a good spot, certainly a good fishing mark that easily shows up on an echo sounder.

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Where is the Princessess bank?
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I have found congers not to be aggressive unless you annoy them, but when they get wound up keep well away (prodding them with a long hook i found usually does it), when diving they just stare at you, they move very very quick.
If they bit fingers well its bye bye fingers.
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