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Deadbaiting for eels

Deadbaiting for eels can be great fun, especially after dark during summer and autumn. In a lake the deadbait can be freclincd when fishing reasonably close to the bank. When fishing at long range or in a flowing river, straightforward leger tackle can be used. Eels are not tackle shy, so make sure your line is strong. A 10 lb line (4-5 kg) should be enough to land eels in all but the most obstacle strewn stretches of water. Eels have small teeth, and it is highly unlikely that they will chew through the nylon, so a wire trace is not required. The best way of mounting a deadbait for eels is by using a baiting needle. With the baiting needle pass the line through the vent of the deadbait and out through the mouth. Tie on a large single hook and pull on the line so that the hook bend comes to rest against the mouth of the deadbait. To prevent the dcadbait sliding back along the line, pinch a big split shot on the line near to the vent of the deadbait. Small roach, rudd, bleak and gudgeon make the best dead-baits for eels. Whenever possible-leave the bale arm open on your reel so that when an eel picks up your bait it can draw line from the reel before you strike. In a strong flowing river this is not possible so, as soon as you notice the tell tale knocks on the rod end, pick up your rod and release a little line by hand.

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