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Fishing for Eels at Nine Oaks

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A few days into August 2011, a large (3" diameter) Eel was caught during the day on luncheon meat in the Main Pool about 6" from the bank under overhanging branches. The young lady that caught it was so startled by her "horrible" capture that she released the line tension and the Eel then broke her 12lb main line in amongst the roots of the nearest overhanging tree!

Each of the 3 Coarse lakes (and presumably the Trout Lakes too) have Eels. 

Sadly, another occasion where we have no photograph of an Eel or Eels. If only they could keep the Eel and get Bill (the owner) to come and take a photograph of it? Because they don’t, is why we have no few pictures of them. We know there are bigger Eels hiding under the banks and amongst the tree roots.

Night Fishing, early morning and late evening often produces an Eel or two.

Best bait’s have been lob worms or large pieces of Luncheon Meat fished on the ledger close-in near the banks and under trees. Here you will find out more about Night Fishing.

Eels are found in almost all waters but still waters (lakes and ponds) are definitely best. Early mornings are usually a better time to catch eels or at dusk and through the night, but they can also be caught throughout the day.

The eel feeds all year around with July to October are the best months to catch them. Eels feed almost exclusively on the bottom and are usually found where there is underwater obstacles, amongst the roots of overhanging trees and bushes, or among reeds.

Adult eels can be from 10 cm or as long as 3 m depending on their species. Baby (larval) eels are flat and transparent (clear). They are called leptocephalus (Greek for "thin head"). A young eel is known as an elver.

Various methods including float, ledger or feeder are used to catch eels. Float fishing with a waggler over a bed of ground-bait, slightly over depth close to reeds or near the roots of overhanging trees and bushes, are good tactics. The feeder is also considered a good method.

As a guide a match, float or feeder rod can be used with a reel filled with 4 lb main line with 3 lb hook length and size 16 - 14 hook. They respond very well to ground-baiting and sometimes when ground-baiting for other fish you will end up catching an eel. If you are going fishing for eels and have any old bait, maggots left from a previous fishing session, don’t throw them away, use them in your ground-bait for you eel fishing session.

Lay a bed of ground-bait using brown crumb or continental ground-bait with your old bait, maggots, casters and chopped up worms mixed in. When you hook an eel, especially a small eel, it will almost certainly curl up and get tangled in your line. It will also make a mess of your line with the slime from its body.

To unhook an eel there are unhooking tubes, a tube of approximately 1.5 - 2 inch diameter and a foot long with a slit along the side. The idea is to hold your line taut and slide the tube onto it via the slit and then slide the tube down over the eel until its head appears and unhook it cleanly and safely.

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