A few days into August 2011, a large (3" diameter) Eel was caught during the day on luncheon meat in the Main Pool about 6" from the bank under overhanging branches. The young lady that caught it was so startled by her "horrible" capture that she released the line tension and the Eel then broke her 12lb main line in amongst the roots of the nearest overhanging tree!
Each of the 3 Coarse lakes (and presumably the Trout Lakes too) have Eels. The above photograph above was of an Eel that had been dragged out of the Novices Pool and pulled through the wire netting (we think by a Mink) until the wire mesh could stretch no further. It was then eaten "alive" from the stream side right up to the netting! Other large and smaller Eels have since been caught, unfortunately we do not have photographs of them or their captors.
Night Fishing, early morning and late evening often produces an Eel or two. Best bait’s have been lob worms or large pieces of Luncheon Meat fished on the ledger close-in near the banks and under trees. Here you will find out more about Night Fishing.
Fishing Methods for catching Eels:
Eels are found in almost all waters but still waters (lakes and ponds) are your best bet. The best time to catch eels is early dawn or at dusk and through the night but they can be caught throughout the day. The eel feeds all year around with July to October noted as the best months to catch them. Eels feed almost exclusively on the bottom and are usually found where there is underwater obstacles or among reeds.
Various methods including float, ledger or feeder are used to catch eels. Float fishing with a waggler over a bed of groundbait, slightly over depth close to reeds is a good tactic. The feeder is also considered a good method. As a guide a match, float or feeder rod can be used with a reel filled with 4 lb main line with 3 lb hook length and size 16 - 14 hook. They respond very well to groundbaiting and sometimes when groundbaiting for other fish you will end up catching an eel. If you are going fishing for eels and have any old bait, maggots left from a previous fishing session, don't throw them away, use them in your groundbait for you eel fishing session. Lay a bed of groundbait using brown crumb or continental groundbait with your old bait, maggots, casters and chopped up worms mixed in. When you hook an eel, especially a small eel, it will almost certainly curl up and get tangled in your line. It will also make a mess of your line with the slime from its body. To unhook an eel there are unhooking tubes, a tube of approximately 1.5 - 2 inch diameter and a foot long with a slit along the side. The idea is to hold your line taut and slide the tube onto it via the slit and then slide the tube down over the eel until its head appears and unhook it. Another method, very unusual !, that I have tried and works, is described here in my tips section.
Baits for catching Eels:
Best bait’s: Worms and Lob Worms, maggots and casters and deadbaits and deadbait sections and large chunks of Luncheon meat fished in the margins among the roots of the overhanging trees and bushes.
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How to Identify your catch and learn some useful facts on all species of Fresh Water Fish:
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• Main has an average depth of 4-5ft. There are plenty of trees, bushes and bays all around the lake that provide lots of features to fish in to and under. A good variety of Carp of all sizes with the biggest going into the mid-20's. Main also has some excellent Roach fishing, skimmers, Tench and Grass carp up to 14lb.
• House is about 10ft deep in the middle with the margins being about 4ft deep. Plenty of features and trees/bushes on 3 sides and a large lilly bed. House. like Main, has a good head of Carp plus Bream, excellent Roach, Tench and a couple of Grass Carp up to 10lb. Carp here go up to 18lb with an average of about 4lb.
• Novices is between 6 and 8ft deep in the middle. Some tree cover and deep margins. Carp up to 7lb with plenty of 1/2lb'ers and good Roach to keep the novice, beginner or expert angler busy all day. To one side of the Lake there is a thick hedge providing plenty of cover when it's windy.