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Originally posted by MightyBoosh MightyBoosh wrote:

Originally posted by Tagit Tagit wrote:

We often get eels when snapper fishing around dark so I suspect that a nice 1/2 Pilchard would work just fine as well.

Just out of interest as I'm mildly fascinated (and disgusted!) by eels, are they "freshwater" eels or conger?
Freshwater ones migrating out to sea. Caught one a couple of weeks back in the harbour and another one a couple of weeks before that. Seem to get one or two every year
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Bit late in the piece and just a newby here but heres my 10 cents worth. Grew up next to the waipa/Waikato river and number one bait for eels was bacon. everything else caught them to but nowhere near in the same numbers. Worms were good for action but everything ate em, eels, catfish, rudd, and more than a couple of trout, The only thing that came close was a dead pidgeon from under the waipa river bridge. Tie a bit of line around the legs hang it in the water on the surface, wait for eel to get a grip and start to spin then slowly draw it out of the water up the bank where a well placed flick of the toe would see it further up the bank, man those suckers can move. helluva lot of fun and no hook to remove!!
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Makes sense, everybody like bacon 
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I've caught several, on trout flies. Not that this helps the original poster, but shows what a range of food they are happy to take.
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Trout guts.  Eels will come from miles. 

I have one spot in the Karangahake Gorge where i can nearly always catch a trout and they will be chased about by a couple of big mofo eels as you play it.
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