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  1. This is a great thread!
  2. I think water temps have played a part. My brother was out on a boat in a river and closer to the inlet water was high 50s = very slow fishing. Moved inland, found a shallower area with a channel where the temps were in the mid-60s = consistent shorts mixed in with some keepers.
  3. Do a search of MC55's posts. He's given several explanations in the past regarding how he rigs them, as well as how he fishes them. No one does it better.
  4. ^^^ +1
  5. If I'm fishing a circle hook, I always leave the hook point exposed because I'm not setting the hook, the hook does that for me and I want to make sure it's got something to grab. However, if I'm fishing a J-hook, I don't care if I cover the point because I'm setting the hook hard myself and it'll pop out of whatever it's embedded in.
  6. You should also thread one or two more on to completely hide the hook.
  7. Fished a river for some fluke this weekend. Several shorts a couple of keepers. Both had sand eels in their stomachs.
  8. ^^^ LOL
  9. I've tried that - their skin is way too thin and the hook tears a huge hole on the first cast, then bye bye eel.
  10. I'm going to buck the trend here on the hooks. I have found that the live bait hooks can be too thick in that they wear a large hole in the eel that can make it easy for them to de-hook themselves or go flying during hard casts. Maybe it was just bad luck that night but it was frustrating as poop and I never used them again. I'm pretty sure I use octopus 7/0 or 8/0 Gamis, just not the shortened shank, thicker live bait version. Another thing you can do, which DoorGunner has mentioned when fluke fishing, is cutting a thin slice of a rubber worm and popping it on the hook (over the barb) after putting the eel on. That way they're not going back off and it won't get in the way of any fish.
  11. I agree with the above. Small fish. My experience is that when a good fish hammers an eel, that's exactly what they're doing, hammering it - no mistaking that thump. Every year, the first time I fish eels that season, I start wondering whether I'm getting hit (it's almost always the eel's swimming action or getting stuck in the rocks), until I do and then I'm like, "oh right, that's what it feels like!" When I get that THUMP, I drop the tip to the water wait for the slack to be taken up by the fish (we're talking like a couple of seconds max) and cross its eyes with a hard hook set. I haven't missed many that way and I also fish a tighter drag when eeling. The only time I let it run is when I'm fishing circle hooks.
  12. All good advise above. Generally speaking, you're better served up there with gear that has ratings above what we normally use down here. Not that you can't get away with less and be successful, but with the crazy velocity of the currents when the tides are running, 4 - 6 oz jigheads with rubber paddles tails that weigh another few ounces is commonplace. I have a box of stuff that's marked 'Canal' because I'll never use it anywhere else. In addition to the other forums, there are a stupid number of videos on that popular website, many of which discuss gear & tackle.
  13. If you and 9wait can't get the logistics to work, I'll take the Lami for asking.
  14. Wow - just another feature of our Jersey shore that's being eliminated to make way for more McMansions that I'm sure will embrace public access and abide by the Public Trust Doctrine... Personally, I'm shocked by how little they sold it for. Six ocean-front acres? That has to be the largest contiguous piece of beach-front property sold in this State in a long time and considering the uniqueness, as well as the fact that they'll pack it monstrosities and sell each of them for more than they paid for the whole thing, it's a bargain.
  15. I don't know how active or available they are this time of year, but if you go to any bayside marsh or dock with a fine-meshed net and just run it along the eel grass or seaweed line or up the pilings you should catch some if they're there. Bring a good flashlight - their eyes reflect the light.