Did this big eel bite my line?

Angling Times (UK) - - JAMES ROBBINS: RIVER CHUB -

IS IT pos­si­ble for an eel to bite through line? I hooked one last week but it came off and the line was cut clean with abra­sions above the cut.

Jimmy Meek, Warrington

THE small teeth of eels are well ca­pa­ble of cut­ting through line, even thick stuff! What you hooked sounds like a big eel and even 0.19mm line might not be enough to land it.

Strike as early as pos­si­ble to lip hook the fish. If an eel swal­lows the bait, it is eas­ier for it to cut the line above the hook. When you hook one, keep the pole or rod high in the air and ap­ply max­i­mum pres­sure to get the eel off bot­tom and head­ing to­wards you. The sooner you can get it in the net, the less chance there is of be­ing bit­ten off.

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