It sure would make getting them easier if I could just go down to the golf course and pick'em off the grass like nightcrawlers
I cant imagine what else a large would think my 20" eel would imatate.I think that they know exactly what they are.Ive read somewheres (prob here) that the fish avoid eels earlier in the year due to eels preying on the fish.But reverse this natural occurence by the fall.
Last fall I heard a large chasing eels at a marshy weedline.When I hooked her,she made a whole lotta surface splashin,almost like a schoolie.I wondered WTH ,this isnt normal.When I was releasing her (32lbs) I saw that the hook was in a gill raker inside the mouth.Just like,what I would imagine would feel like an eel clamped down and her trying to shake it loose.She knew what it was.
Ive also had good luck with completely dead and half stiff eels.This was done more as a half-hearted attempt just to say we tried.We didnt think that there was much around that night.Taught us a lesson.
1 hook,leader,braid...keep the line tight but ready to slack-off.I have the most luck at the start of moving water for the first 2 hours.In or out.night.