Angling Times (UK) - - TIPS & TACTICS -

1 On venues where you can fish worms, try a bunch of mag­gots too. Eels have a lik­ing for grubs.

2 When fish­ing for eels I want to of­fer min­i­mum re­sis­tance to a tak­ing fish and use an open bail-arm. Many mod­ern alarms need re­sis­tance to work and won’t reg­is­ter a take – I haven’t found any­thing bet­ter than the old Op­ton­ics.

3 For gen­eral fish­ing where pike aren’t an is­sue I use 50lb abra­sion-re­sis­tant braid and an Am­ne­sia hook­length, but I al­ways take some 15lb wire with me to com­bat pike if I’m us­ing dead­baits.

4 After a blank night or one spent catch­ing only small eels I would move swims. These crea­tures are ter­ri­to­rial and fol­low dis­tinct hunt­ing paths.

5 When net­ting an eel, wait for the head to touch the spreader block be­fore lift­ing, and then do it swiftly. Eels are one of the few species that can swim back­wards, and you can eas­ily lose them at this point.

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