How to catch eels
The 10 best tips for eel fishing from the bank
Show tongue when eel fishing from shore
The best eel spots for eel fishing from the shore directly in front of the reed edge are found where a headland extends far into the lake. The eels feel their way along this elevation to the shore at night. Even large Raubaale make their rendezvous. Tip: Use an echo sounder (or plumb bob) to find headlands that extend as far into the lake as possible. My best catches came from elevations that connected the bank to a mountain of perch or an island.
The author Martin Wehrle with a beautiful eel. Photo: BLINKER / M. Wehrle
In the name of the (sea) rose
Water lilies are made for eels: Here they can suckle insects, hunt small fish and find cover and shade. Use every little gap between the roses to offer your bait with a glow stick float. Tip: Mark the gap with two red glow sticks. Then you hit the target with night fishing - and you can safely distinguish your float from the markings with the yellow glow stick.
The pose was placed precisely between the water lilies. Photo: archive
Tree-long opportunities for eel fishing from the bank
There is hardly an eel site that I value as much as trees that have fallen into the water. It takes less than two weeks for magnificent eels to appear here. Fish as close to the branches as possible. A strong line helps to maneuver the fish quickly into the open water. Tip: Try the shady underwater trees even in daylight. Strangely enough, I made very good catches in the midday heat while fishing for perch.
Trees that have fallen into the water provide the perfect shelter for eels. However, you should only fish at such spots with powerful equipment so that you can get the fish out safely. Photo: BLINKER
Long live the dead end!
Have you ever looked how the trap is set up? It is wide at the front and narrow at the back. In almost every body of water you will find bays that have a similar shape. Numerous eels migrate there. At the end of the bay they arrive in a concentrated load like a dead end - ideal for fishing close to the shore. Tip: Look for bays where there is still a lot of feeding fish in the last light of day. These places are controlled by large Raubaalen.
Image: W. Krause
If you follow the rules of the game when fishing eel from the bank, you will be rewarded with such great fish.
Clouded water, for example after a downpour, does three things: First, the eels migrate and eat even in daylight. Second, you dare to go very close to the shore. And third, you will find a lot of food here, especially insects and worms washed into the water. Tip: In heavy rain, try small inlets where natural feed is washed into the water.
No snake, at most an eel summon. Photo: BLINKER / M. Wehrle
The best time for big river eels
When the whitefish spawn, especially the roach. As soon as you perceive the first love splash in the shore region at the end of April or beginning of May, you should offer a shred of fish at these places in the evening. Tip: Don't react to every little jump in the pose. Do not hit the ground until the float dives into the shore while fishing for eel.
When fishing eel on the bank with the float, sensitivity is required. Those who catch the right time for the attack will be rewarded with great catches. Photo: BLINKER
Scent attack on the eels
The bait that most beguiles shore eels are worms and fish. Scent signals are important: cut the thawworms in half and use the bait needle to pierce dead fish. This way the eel can get to the hook faster. Tip: Drag a little dungworm onto the hook to go with your dewworm. This way you irritate the eels with their scent and fidgeting.
When worms are pulled onto the hook in pieces, they spread an irresistible scent and attract the eels. Photo: BLINKER
Eel fishing from the bank is shift work
Place the baits at different depths at the start of the fishing day. The bites tell you which depth the eels prefer at what time. Tip: The later and the darker the night, the closer the bait should be to the shore. I have caught some of the best eels in absolutely shallow water.
This eel bit just off the edge of the bank. Photo: BLINKER
Early first off
What to do if the eel moves towards aquatic plants As a precaution, you need a glow stick float that shows you the direction of pull and a bait assembly that allows you to get started very early. The hook should not be too big and should stand free. Tip: Do not use whole bait fish, but rather scraps. The tip of the hook remains free. Then the early start is in place.
If you fish close to the bank, there is a chance of big eels. Photo: BLINKER / M.Wehrle
Praise the quiet
Eels are sensitive to vigorous strides on the bank. You don't like artificial light either. so make as little noise and light as possible! Tip: Throw your bait 20 meters parallel along the bank instead of just fishing under the tip of the rod. So you can fish very close to the bank, but keep a discreet distance from the fish.
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