This blog follows me on my travels to try and catch specimen freshwater fish of all species including carp, tench, pike, barbel, perch, roach, rudd and chub. This blog also looks into the various tactics, baits and rigs sucessfully used to catch specimen coarse fish. I have also included a venue guide giving information on open access waters accross England. This is located on the menu to the right of this page under Choppedworm venue guide.
27 July 2015
Specimen Eels - Anguilla Anguilla 2015
16/06/15 - Current One of my favourite species to fish for during the short
summer nights is the mighty eel or Anguilla Anguilla to the biologists. I have been fishing for eels on my
local water now for over three years and have had some mixed success with fish
to just under 6lb falling to my rods however, I know a fish over 8lb was landed
last season from this venue. Having this information encouraged me to continue
my campaign on the water but to take a different approach to the years before
in the hope of catching a giant.
tactics seemed the best approach and I opted to fish long hooklinks of 50lb
Korda Armo snag leader tied directly to a size 10 super specialist hook. Many
Eel fisherman use large hooks but in my experience smaller hooks are more
efficient when it comes to hooking capability. Eels have small mouths and it
only makes sense to use a smaller hook. It is also essential when fishing for
Eels to allow the fish to take the bait with minimum resistance. To achieve
this I open the bale arms of the reels and slack my main line however I always
try and strike on the first run to avoid deep hooking a fish. Eels vital organs
are located at the front of the body and they can be damaged easily by
swallowed hook. In a situation where an Eel has been deep hooked it is best
practice to cut the line a close to the Eels mouth as is possible because
trying to remove it may cause more damage to the fish. The hook will not take
long for the fish to break down and fall out. My baiting tactics were
conventional and I choose to fish dead maggots and lobworms on the hook.
campaign began on the 16th June 2015 and I decided to target the
eels on one of the less popular lakes on the complex that receives a lot
attention then my usual hunting ground. Fish to over 8lb have been reported and
a confirmed 8lb 6oz fish really concreted my decision to fish this lake
specifically for the Eels. The first night I drew a blank but was still
confident of catching a few fish. During the day I switched species and fished
for the tench because I had booked off the whole week off and It seemed
pointless going home during the day and not fishing.
the second night I had a couple of takes that resulted in missed bites and
frustrated me until I eventually hooked the culprit. A few beeps indicated a
fish had taken the bait and I carefully felt the line to confirm he was still
on the end. Feeling a slight pull I lifted into the fish and was flat rodded
immediately. I instantly knew it was an Eel from the signature head banging and
pure power of the fish but after thirty seconds the fish was off. I was gutted
to say the least and was absolutely certain that I had lost a PB eel and
definitely one over the 7lb mark. Following this fish I blanked the next twelve
nights and become increasingly frustrated but the blanks only urged me to get
down the lake more and catch my intended quarry.
after fishing most swims of the 20 acre pit I settled into a snaggy corner
which produced two Eel but of only 2-3lb. The next swim along produced two more
Eels of 3lb and 3lb 8oz and although the weight was increasing these were not
the stamp of fish I was after.