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How to build a boat conger rig

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A step by step guide on how to build a boat conger rig.

When targeting conger there is no advantage in adding a shock leader between the braid reel line and the rig as a soft buffer. It’s better to maximise feel and pressure direct through the braid to the conger.

It is best though to add a short heavy mono section for the sliding boom to slide on to avoid potential abrasion on the main line.

1 – To the end of the braid reel line tie on a size 1/0 rolling swivel, then tie on 24-inches of 100lb mono for the zip slider to slide on.

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2 – Slide on an 8mm bead, then a short type Zip Slider type boom, followed by another 8mm bead.

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3 – To the other end of the 100lb mono, tie on a second size 1/0 rolling swivel.

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4 – Now tie on 30-inches of 200lb mono using a 3-turn Grinner knot.

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5 – To the end of the mono, and for reef fishing, tie on a size 8/0 Mustad O’Shaughnessy hook. For very big wreck conger swap the 8/0 for a 10/0 hook.

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6 – To avoid the worst of tackle and fish loss, use a short weak section of mono, a paper clip, or a wire tie to hold the lead weight to the Zip Slider link.

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