Daytime Eeling - by Steve Dawe
The Eel fishing was easy in respect to fish up to 2lb 8oz and it was common to have 20 runs a night, the odd 3lber would make an appearance but they were rare. During one of these trips I was so shattered that some extra kip was needed so I left my Skimmer baits cast out while I dozed. I was awoken by what seemed like a strangled duck as the Delkim with the flat battery squeaked and squawked under the strain of a fleeing fish. The sun was doing its best to cook anything that moved and sailing boats filled the lake in front of me. The fish was still storming off and by this point demanding some sort of recognition; I picked up the rod and let the departing line travel over my fingers. I decided this fish was not going to stop and closed the bail arm and struck the rod hooped over and the fish was on. Safely landed the fish went 4lb 4oz a real cracker and in broad daylight in sunny conditions, this must be a stroke of luck.
This seemed to ring a bell, as my personal best Eel of 5lb1oz from Lower Tamar had come out in identical conditions, further investigation was required. The next few trips to the water saw me staying on until after 1pm and surprise surprise I started picking up Eels mainly 3lb plus. I was getting takes in deep water near the Dam and in 3 feet of water at the end of the arm, I was getting takes in rain and sun and all were in the daytime.