Eels. Do they work?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by PhillyCatcatcher4, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    Fished last night with my buddy fellow BOC member Bacardipr05. It was a slow night,but he managed to catch an eel. I ended up puting it on my flathead setup as bait. No takers though. My question is have any of you had success using live eels as Flathead bait? I do know that they are great Striper bait.:0a23:
     
  2. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    I have never use a eel for bait. only seen one in all the years i have fished the river.
     

  3. Shizzam

    Shizzam New Member

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    great striped bass bait I agree.
     
  4. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    I know Big Geroge swear's by them for catching channel's.
     
  5. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Ive never tried them, but know for a fact they do use them down on the Cape Fear river in NC and do quite well catching both blues and flats on them.
     
  6. Bacardipr05

    Bacardipr05 New Member

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    I was wondering the same phillycat. I was going to post a thread but then decided not to. I guess we where on the same page there. One thing I (we) can say it sure is some lively bait....
     
  7. Romo

    Romo Active Member

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    chunk it for channels.
     
  8. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Eels usually will twist around your line or swim into rocks or snags and snagg you up.

    I know some striper fisherman that hook them through the eyes, this will prevent them from doing that.

    I'm sure a flathead will not pass up such a great meal.
     
  9. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    If it has a heartbeat...chances are a flathead will try to eat it.
     
  10. Cuda-Cada

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    I have used them a couple of times. The time that sticks out the most is that I caught a 18 pound flathead on a live eel. Released the flathead and the eel was still on the hook and still moving around. I threw to the same wood pile and caught another flathead about 6 pounds. Released that one and threw the almost dead back eel out and got one more bite but missed it.
    I also caught a 18 inch eel one time and put it on a limbline. Next morning a 24 inch channel catfish was on the hook.
    There are a lot of good posts about using eels if you do a search. Also, I got some good advice from NCfisherman. He does well with them and I think eels might be his favorite bait...
     
  11. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Clip that tail. That slows em down. Also there is a 6 inch minimum size reg for usein em in the Delaware. Also stick with a carolina rig when usein em. JMO.
     
  12. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    The one I was using was atleast 15 inches long.