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Eels in winter

Post by keegan on Thu Sep 20, 2012 4:02 pm

New to this, can any one tell if eels feed well in the winter

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Re: Eels in winter

Post by Bob on Thu Sep 20, 2012 6:01 pm

keegan

There are those who do fish for Eels throughout the year, winter and summer.

But having done a bit of serious Eel fishing, I would stick to the warmer months.

It was hard enough in the Summer, so fishing for Eels in the winter must be terribly difficult.

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Post by keegan on Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:26 pm

on my syndicate water down south bob,there is loads of eels and there is one guy that bags up on it.
i just wanted to try one rod on it
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Post by MooseMan on Fri Sep 21, 2012 4:03 pm

I've done my share of Eel fishing too, and I have to say you would have to be dedicated to spend any time at it over the winter, but if there are people catching them on your water, go for it!

Rather be Piking though!
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Re: Eels in winter

Post by Mark Salt on Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:38 pm

Eels do feed in winter (water temp below 50f or 10c) but feeding periods are few and far between. The natural condition is for all activity to cease when water temp is less than 48f, and food offerings are ignored at 50f or below (Tesch). However, every year eels are caught by pike anglers, especially in rivers. You are more likely to catch in heavily eel populated waters, and it follows that the eels will tend to be small. Why spend prime barbel, chub and pike time fishing for a warm water species?

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Re: Eels in winter

Post by keegan on Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:47 am

It looks like i will be after the pike this winter instead

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Re: Eels in winter

Post by Tigger on Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:29 am

The eels had no problems stealing the sprats, that I was using yesterday for pike. Landed one, but several others took the baits. I was nearly tempted to "jelly" it.
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Re: Eels in winter

Post by Mark Salt on Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:27 pm

Tigger wrote:The eels had no problems stealing the sprats, that I was using yesterday for pike. Landed one, but several others took the baits. I was nearly tempted to "jelly" it.

Eels are at their most active now, building up fat reserves for the winter. With water temperatures still at 56f in the south there will be a few more weeks of prime eel time yet.

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