There is one essential fact that you need to know about fishing a deep sunk wreck for a big black conger eel, that fact is that your bait has to be on the bottom!! A few feet up and you are wasting your time.

So the rig has to be capable of handling a heavy sinker and still give enough sensitivity through the line for you to feel the bite. Surprisingly it is often the bigger eels that give the softest and prolonged bites. It is almost as if they know something is not quite right about the tempting morsel that you offer, but in the end when the eel takes that yard of line and you know it has the bait, its greed will have overcome its caution.

Because it is an undeniable fact that your end tackle is going to be in a very risky environment, the rig should be as strong as it needs to be and yet cheap enough that you do not think you are sending your wallet down with the sinker!

Without doubt, the best of the short booms to use are the KF Heavy line Slida’s, but I look around the tackle shops when they are having sales and buy bumper bundles of whatever cheap and cheerful short sliding booms are available. So long as it does the job, who cares what it looks like.

Conger traces need to be strong and able to resist the monstrous strength of the Conger jaw. Conger do not have slicing teeth, but once they have a grip and start grinding away, Mickey mouse tackle will not last long, believe me! I once saw the heel of a rubber boot bitten through in less than a minute, fortunately the angler got his foot out in the meantime!

Use 200lb breaking strain monofilament as a minimum when making your leaders. I use 400lb breaking strain monofilament and crimp them with double barrelled crimps and the "cup to cup" pliers made for the job. All available from Rok-Max(UK) Ltd. 01 803 883 111.

rokmax@compuserve.com. Mention my name and Paul will charge you top price!

Any questions to russ@reelfoto.com