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    What is the best way to rig eels for strippers next month. Bobber? With sinker or not? Swim free? On bottom? On 3 way? Tail hook or head hook? How can you keep the eel from knoting?

    Thanks for any help.

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    I am by no means an expert but did pretty well eeling last year. I set one to the bottom with alot of weight on it and hooked it right under the jaw out through the top. If you throw a little ice in with the eels it will calm them down so you can handle them. I also would free line one on the top just to see if they were on top. I would put the third about halfway down. I would hook them on a three way with one drop about a foot down for the weight and the other drop about 4 feet with about an 8/O or 9/O hook. I waited and got the first fish in and then switched all rigs to the same and killed them after that. I found that they were consistantly down deep on the bottom. I also learned a really valuable lesson about dealing with the eels while they are in the boat. keep them in a bucket with a wet towel and some ice, don't put them in your livewell. I had one crawl into the drain for my livewell and it got stuck and died. It really sucked getting him out of there also.

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    Archie - Traditional: hook up through the lower jaw & out through the top, on a 6/0 - 8/0 octopus-style hook rigged to a 4' long 40-lb mono or flouro leader, then a swivel, then a cigar weight of the appropriate size. Latest twist: suspended under a bobber.
    RE twisting: put your eels in a tupperwear tub (don't 100% seal it or you'll suffocate them), and place the tub into your cooler. Once chilled, they will slow down and be easy to handle. When moving spots, drop each and every one into a small bucket or leave them hanging; never let 2 eels on 2 hooks and 2 lines get close to one another.
    When you feel a take give it a solid 4-count before coming tight.

    Good luck & catch 'em up.

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    Grab them with a dry rag. Circle hook from bottom jaw thru top of head. Fish the entire water column.

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    i use my old holey socks to handle my cool eels, slip hand in you got um. when done trash um gets rid of old socks, my shorty summer socks work best. thinkin about tryin shorty nylons that my wife has a jillion pairs of that she can't part with, just a thought. tinmantoo bel air, parker guy

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    I use a popper float with the eel on a 4 foot leader. You can pop the float for nightime action, and the eel will fight the float as well. Ditto on the water collum. I fish em till I find em. Th float keeps them from snagging on the bottom when I'm in river water, lots of debris etc.

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    Thanks for all the info guys!!

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    When using floats to fish the entire water colmn, how do you set it so you can still cast the whole rig? Or do you just let it out with your hands and never actually cast?

    Say I wanted to fish 20 feet down over 50 feet of water and still use a float? Do I use a bobber stopper like crappy fishing?

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    Yep. Rig a sliding cork with a bobber stopper. Daytime, most my bites come on the surface with no weight on the rig, or a 1/4 oz or less egg sinker on the mainline.

    Here's one of our better days from last year.


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    Being from New England we fished a lot of "snakes" for stripers. Casting from shore we would fish them like plastics for Largemouth. I hook them from under the jaw and have the point come out of an eye socket. This way you can cast them without them coming off. Carry them in a mesh dive bag and have a terry cloth towel for ease of handling. I will often bonk them over the head to mellow them out before hooking them. NOTE, get them into the water right away or you will have a major mess with the leader.

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