How to Tie an Irish Conger Rig

by David Proudfoot

Irish Conger Rig

This simple conger rig, which is shamelessly pinched from my Irish trips, works from the boat wherever conger are found. It is regularly used with a boom above carrying a second baited conger hook.

The baited pirk sits on the bottom until the angler feels a bite, the pirk is then slowly and steadily lifted from the seabed inducing a take from the conger.

Conger Rig Components

Main Body

1 x Heavy Duty Swivel

Approx. 500 to 1500 mm length 100lb BS main line (for handling the fish at the side of the boat)


1 x Chrome Bar Pirk

2 x Split Rings

1 x Heavy Duty Swivel

1 x Heavy Duty Link Swivel

1 x 6/0 to 8/0 Hook

The Pirk

  1. Attach the split rings to either end of the pirk.
  2. Attach the swivel to the top of the pirk and the link swivel to the other end.
  3. Attach the hook to the link swivel.

The Rig Body

  1. Tie a swivel to the top of the trace line.
  2. Tie the other end of the trace line to the swivel at the top of the pirk.

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irish conger rig

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