Eel and Eel Skin Lures
and eel skin lures are used mostly in saltwater to catch such fish as striped
bass, bluefish, snook, and marlin. The most difficult part about making eel and
eel skin lures will often be obtaining the eels themselves. The eel usually used
is the so-called "common eel" found from Labrador to Brazil along the Atlantic
females reach a large size and live in freshwater rivers, streams, and lakes.
The males are much smaller and live in saltwater bays, sounds, and tidal creeks.
These are the ones usually used for bait. Live eels are caught with eel pots
baited with dead fish, small baitfish, crushed clams, or crabs.
pots, which are similar to minnow traps, are wire cages with funnel entrances on
both ends. The eels enter through the funnel holes, but once inside have trouble
finding their way out.
or frozen eels can also be purchased from many fish markets, bait dealers, and
fishing tackle stores. The size will depend on the fishing tackle you use and
the fish you want to catch. Small eels from 8 to 12 in. long are best with light
tackle such as spinning outfits; the larger eels from 12 to 20 in. are used with
heavier surf outfits and for trolling for big fish.
an eel you will need a long needle such as an upholsterer's needle. It should be
anywhere from 12 to 14 in. long. You can also make your own needle, using a
brass or copper rod about 1/8 in. in diameter. One end should be filed to a
point while the other end is given an eye or a slot to which a line can be tied.
also need some 6/0, 7/0, 8/0 or 9/0 hooks, again depending on the size of the
eel. The larger the eel, the larger the hooks required. Light tackle and lines
need smaller hooks than heavier fishing tackle. The sizes of hooks range from 10
(tiny) down to 1 (small) and then back up from 1/0, 2/0 (medium) through 8/0
(large) and all the way up to 24/0 (great white shark size).
is usually the base metal from which hooks are made but there are also other
types of steel including high carbon, blued, black, bronzed, cadmium,
nickel-plated, stainless, etc. The O'Shaughnessy pattern of hook is usually used
for rigging eels, but some anglers prefer the Siwash or salmon pattern and still
others use Eagle Claw hooks. Whichever type of hook you use, it should have a
Finally, you need some linen or nylon fishing line testing from 45 to 60 pounds.
But more importantly, you should pay more attention to your fishing leader,
which is potentially the weakest link
More information on
making fishing leaders can be found
at my website.
Keith Lee is a practical, do-it-yourself angler and owns Make-Your-Own-Fishing-Lures.com,
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