There was a “nip” in the air the other morning when I woke up, which to me is a clue that summer is waning. I love late summer on Cape Cod, more so than any other time of the year. The hot and muggy air is dissipating, and the bass bite on truly large stripers is improving.
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A lot goes into catching big striped bass with live eels. From handling eels to setting the hook, there is plenty of opportunity for things to go wrong. Check out this list for helpful live eel fishing tips that may help you put more big bass in the boat or onto the sand during 2012.
One topic which I have received a fair amount of questions and interest on is trolling eels for striped bass. “How to troll live eels” has also been trending a bit in Google searches-which indicates that a reasonable amount of folks (maybe yourself included) have been researching this technique. So despite the arrival of the first stripers of 2012 still a long ways away, I figured now is as good of a time as any to talk about trolling these slimy snakes.
“Oh boy,” I said as she stepped into my car. “Don’t look down at your feet.”
A shriveled, decaying eel was lying on the floorboard of my Ford Focus. I had been on the water for the past few days and didn’t notice that I had accidentally left an eel to bake in my car.
So far live bait fishing for me this season has been all live mackerel. However with the summer heat now settling in, I’m planning on purchasing dozens of pounds of live eels to cover me for the next few weeks.
In my experience, live eels begin to produce well off Cape Cod beginning in July. This works out well with the departure of most of the mackerel from our area.