Peter Wademan, Night Fishing for Eel, 16″ x 20″, O/C
Fisherman consider night fishing for eel the best time. Eels seem to be turned off by the sunlight. Having a short season, a good night makes catching eels easier. There are two main considerations for catching eels, after the nighttime slot is established.
The first is that the closer you are to the saltwater, the more eels you’ll be likely to catch, because the eels want to be close to the salt. The American eel spawns in the Caribbean. They then go to the North American coast to grow up. Some will stay in the salt and brackish waters at the river mouths and estuaries. This is the reason, they are a great natural bait for stripers.
They travel from the salt water; from the salt, the more dispersed the eels will get as they divide into the tributaries. Also, more will travel a short distance than a long distance. For these reasons, the closer to the ocean you are, the more likely you are to catch more eel. Eels feed upon all kinds of aquatic life: insects, crustaceans, small fish, amphibians and so on. They become a great deal more aggressive in their feeding at night – the best time of all to catch a big eel is to fish during thundery conditions when the air temperature is high, the water temperature high and the air humid. Two men typically fish for eel.