Ken L wrote:
Teritex your reply brought a smile to my face because what you suggest is very simmilar to the "Sniggling" discussed by Isaak Walton in his book "The complete angler" - first published in 1653.....
"I shall therefore conclude this direction for taking the Eel, by telling
you, that in a warm day in summer, I have taken many a good Eel by
Snigling, and have been much pleased with that sport.
And because you, that are but a young angler, know not what Snigling
is I will now teach it to you. You remember I told you that Eels do not
usually stir in the daytime; for then they hide themselves under some
covert; or under boards or planks about flood-gates, or weirs, or mills:
or in holes on the river banks: so that you, observing your time in a
warm day, when the water is lowest, may take a strong small hook, tied
to a strong line, or to a string about a yard long; and then into one of
these holes, or between any boards about a mill, or under any great
stone or plank, or any place where you think an Eel may hide or shelter
herself, you may, with the help of a short stick, put in y our bait, but
leisurely, and as far as you may conveniently; and it is scarce to be
doubted, but if there be an Eel within the sight of it, the Eel will bite
instantly, and as certainly gorge it; and you need not doubt to have him
if you pull him not out of the hole too quickly, but pull him out by
degrees; for he, lying folded double in his hole, will, with the help of
his tail, break all, unless you give him time to be wearied with pulling,
and so get him out by degrees, not pulling too hard."
I am still a rookie at this I got my first rod a couple of seasons back. Prior to that i used to go fishing with the elders in our vicinity and was not too sure what works the best whilst angling. for me the biggest rod with strong lines were the best (perception). but then I started freqently joining them and there are this gentlemen who take pleasure in fishing (They are out out every second day through out the season. They are either fishing the fresh or the saline waters. Last year I gave them a rod a reel and a couple of lures. They say they did land some mangrove jacks but lost a lure as the leader was rusted. The things is they dont get the tackle out there. they usually use hand lines or bamboo stick. I learnt this trick of catching eels from them, though I have not tried my self. But this duo are sure to get nothing less than 10 fish a day. Their idea is to go fishing catch a few, cook a meal in the afternoon in the woods and have a couple of pegs (Royal stag) and call it a day. Man that,s life for me. no worries and no worldly pleasures. About the book "the complete angler" never heard of it but will make sure i get a copy of it. I however have a ebook called "A boys book for hunting and fishing" by warren miller. I had plans to come down to india for vacations in december and do some good fishing there but now I have lost my job and searching for another one. Future of vacations is bleak. If its January or February i will see you in GOA as I will be in Sawantwadi which is approx 60 kms north of GOA.