A conger's great strength, sharp teeth, ability to swim backward, and propensity for remaining in or near cover make it a formidable foe.
How to identify a Conger
The conger is a large eel known to reach a maximum length of 9 ft and a weight of 143 lbs. It is easily distinguished from the moray eel by the presence of pectoral fins, which the moray lacks. It also has a longer snout, its upper jaw is slightly longer than its lower jaw, the head is narrower in appearance, and the dorsal fin does not extend quite as far forward as in the moray.
Where to catch Conger
The conger is native to the eastern Atlantic; Norway and Iceland to Senegal including the Mediterranean and western Black Sea. It can also be found in the western Atlantic from Nova Scotia to North Florida but it is most plentiful from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. They inhabit relatively shallow waters in the vicinity of cover material such as rocks, reefs, pier pilings, and especially shipwrecks or other submerged objects suitable as hiding places. The following list includes additional details on where to catch this fish: