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Eel Fishing at Nine Oaks


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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! Of which there are a few.

During the Winter of 2017/2018, following an Otter gaining access to the Fishery an near 4" diameter Silver Eel was found floating in the Main Lake. So, what does this mean? We must have some good Eels but alas they're not specifically fished for and only coming out when someone accidentally catches one?

Each of the 3 Coarse lakes (and presumably the Trout Lakes too) have Eels. So, if you're serious about Eel Fishing why not give us ago?

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.

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 ground-bait, 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 ground-baiting and sometimes when ground-baiting 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 ground-bait for you eel fishing session.

Lay a bed of ground-bait using brown crumb or continental ground-bait 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.

One way to unhook an eel would be to use an unhooking tube. A tube of approximately 1.5” - 2” diameter and a foot long with a slit along the side. The idea is to hold your line taut and slide the tube over the Eel, via the slit, until its head appears enabling you to unhook it.

Or, holding it upright and slapping it hard until it goes rigid. Or lying it down on it's back on newspaper should quieten it while you unhook it!

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