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how would you hook the eel? i was thinkin' maybe the tail while using a fishfinder so the eel can swim freely AWAY from the terminal tackle....anyone ever try this? might give it a whirl sat......

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It works, but it's not the optimal way to use a live eel. Hook'em under the jaw and out an eye socket. Cast and slowly retrieve, as you would a plug. Once they hit the water once or twice they calm down and are a lot easier to use. Smacking them on a rock is a waste of eel wigglies that should be spent on attracting a bass. a tethered eel works, but a fresh eel will tie itself in a knot. A tailhooked eel is useful in marshes - so I've been told by a Hudson River marsh eel guru - but I've never fished that way myself.

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Yeah it works. Tail hooked in this case. The risk is a big old mess of eel and leader. If ya got some dead eels, might as well spike 'em. They likes dead ones too.

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I would not recomend fishing a live eel on a spiked bait rod unless you are a very patient man and tangle expert! That eel will create the biggest nightmare out of you're rig! Amazing what that eel will do to to get away.....

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If you're planning on doing that from a beach I would have to agree with cowhunter. But if you are fishing an inlet or someplace with a steady current it may work,only if the eel is not too lively or not left out there too long. I tried it at the ditch once ,it didn't get all balled up so what the hay give it a try.

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Ive tried it it doesnt work unless the eel is dead . It will tangle until it strangles itself . Fish em with a cast and retrive till its dead then you can exchange it for a live 1 put the dead one on another rod and fish it still casting the live 1 retriev real slowly . LOL at CMstriper ill take what ever he doesnt want .

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Funny thing....as we fished Demo point this weekend for the Fling...Squidlips talked to the guy who landed the winning 40# striper for the South Shore Classic...and whadda ya figger it ate?

 

How about a live eel fished with a 3oz Pyramid sinker in a sand spike? Just goes to show ya, the fish don't read these boards yet! wink.gif I'd still not rig 'em that way...but to that guy, he won a big tourney doing just that! Go figger?

 

TimS

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For a 40 pounder I'd risk a few knotted up snakes too.Timing is everything Mickey.

 

In fishing you always have to be willing to try new stuff,sometimes you get surprised with results

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There is a special rack that is used to fish live eels on a bait pole. It has a rod about 6 inches long and has two things to grab the eel and keep it stretched out straight. That way the eel can't tangle the line. I haven't seen one for sale in years though.

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Salty, A guy at a bait store once told me to stick a shiv up the eel made of a sharpened coat hanger wire, dirty trick,supposed to keep him from knotting up. I think your idea is better but never saw that one.

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