29 April 2012

Big Lures and Little Eels

”At that point, I selected a large eight-inch Danny swimmer and cast it into the wash. That plug did not move 10 feet before a determined bass crashed it and sunk its jaw into the big treble at the head of the swimmer.

“That fish was big and full of vigor, and when I finally got her alongside, she was spitting up what appeared to be a four- or five-inch whiting. Even though the other lures matched the size and color of the bait, the selective stripers would not give them a sniff. That was not the first time it took a much bigger bait to persuade a fish into striking.”


Big Bucks from Little Eels

”The price varies week to week. A couple of years ago, a pound of elvers was selling for more than $2,000 a pound. Successful elver fishermen in Maine (one of only two U.S. states that still allow elver fishing) can catch upwards of 40 pounds of the squirmy little devils in a single night. In two or three hours, that fisherman can scoop up $40,000 in the net.

"There are reports that when the price was at its peak, a couple of really expert elvers took home more than $100,000 in a single night.

Charles Walsh in CTPost.com

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