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Poole Bay - where to catch a conger?


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Hi, fishing withing Poole Bay usually target smaller species such as gurnard, bream, mackerell... Any clues where to direct my boat to catch a conger eel? In my 17.7 ft Shetland I usually go not further than 4 miles off shore.

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4 hours ago, Death Trap II said:

hi Adam, if you go to the member section, there are a couple of lists of member marks by species.

He hasn't got access to The Members Only Section.

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Deep water in summer, everywhere in winter!

You might try Swanage spoils grounds, otherwise will need to be a wreck, don't bother with the one in Swanage bay.

Also, target something else, like rays and they will show up!!

R

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Thanks Rob. Yeah, this is what I thought. Poole Bay's bottom is mostly sandy and flat so congers have no places to hide. I'd consider to tow my boat to Swanage and shall try that area or just give it a drive from Poole Harbour its not that far away.

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1 hour ago, boyscott said:

When autumn arrives you find them on quite clean ground and they can become a nuisance if small but there are usually some bigger ones among them 

Thanks for the advice! Hope the weather will allow to go out in autumn time.

By the way any chance for Pollock in the Poole Bay area? Last week I towed my boat to West Bay and we caught 2x9lb pollock and 2x6lb bass + some decent size black bream. That was really amazing day out. It was reef bottom and 30 meters deep though.

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20 minutes ago, Wedger said:

Christchurch Ledge at night - neap tide.

Under the cliff just inside Old Harry - Studland side. Get them away from the cliff ASAP!

Trev

That's super interesting! Used to fish a lot close to Old Harry but never very close. You mean not at anchor, just drift right?

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12 hours ago, Adam said:

That's super interesting! Used to fish a lot close to Old Harry but never very close. You mean not at anchor, just drift right?

Just a buff no anchor. not always fishable  - weed can be a problem with little tide to move it sometimes when I was there. Suggest your bait needs to be static for the straps.

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