Bitten by an eel

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Bitten by an eel

Post by Blunderer » Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:02 pm

Last week whilst fishing The Ribble, not for the first time, I foulhooked an eel in the belly. By the time I retrieved, the little git was wrapped around the hooklink and throwing a wobbler. After a few minutes battling (and it was hand-to-hand combat) with the critter, as it's head waved around like Medusa, it opened it's jaws and clamped them shut on my leg. It caught my thigh but as I pulled, came off the flesh but stuck fast on my jeans. I'd assume it's teeth got stuck in the denim, because the eel was then stuck fast and took some serious extraction from my leg.

Has anyone else been attacked by a renegade eel?

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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by Kingfisher » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:17 pm

I've never been bitten by an eel but a friend once told me that they used to catch Eels by filling nylon stockings with meat and then throwing it in on a line. The Eels teeth because of the way they're situated in the fishes mouth, then get stuck in the stockings when it tries taking a bite.

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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by Hovis » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:31 pm

Kingfisher a bit like eel babbing? This involved threading a line of worms up either wool or good old hairy string then "fishing" in this manner. The eels teeth get stuck in the lose fibres and you can bring them in. I remember my Granddad telling me about the times he did this to catch tea!
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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by Stathamender » Wed Aug 20, 2014 5:58 pm

Sounds like it was a proper Lankie eel trying to repel the invader from the East.
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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by Dave Burr » Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:42 pm

I've been bitten by a couple, back when we caught more of them. They have a fine ridge of teeth and quite a strong jaw but not quite comparable with their sea going conger cousins - they really do hang on. I found out when, as an experiment, I put a gloved finger in the mouth of a twelve pounder :doh: Shan't do that again in a hurry.

I think you'd have to be pretty unlucky to be injured by an eel but I can see how they may get attached to your clothing. Trout have worse teeth that eels.

Now, pike. That's a whole different story and I've lost gallons of (well - some), blood thanks to them.

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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by The Old Buffer » Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:20 pm

I have yet to be bitten by an eel but I certainly find no pleasure in handling them. Caught a two and a half punder with my first cast this morning and felt like I had gone a round with Mick McManus by the time I had it unhooked and returned to the lake.
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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by Loop Erimder » Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:08 pm

Got stung by a bee once
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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by Kingfisher » Wed Aug 20, 2014 11:10 pm

Loop Erimder wrote:Got stung by a bee once

Did the bee survive? :Tongue:

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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by Blunderer » Thu Aug 21, 2014 12:04 am

The Old Buffer wrote:I have yet to be bitten by an eel but I certainly find no pleasure in handling them. Caught a two and a half punder with my first cast this morning and felt like I had gone a round with Mick McManus by the time I had it unhooked and returned to the lake.
Unhooking a mouth-hooked eel is a walk in the park compared to one foul hooked in its leathery flank. It's happened to me a few times because they obviously sit behind the feeder scoffing the contents. And I suspect my latest addition of spicy sausage flavoured halibut pellets was to their liking.

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Re: Bitten by an eel

Post by Kingfisher » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:25 am

I remember my Dad catching one years ago and Mum cooking it with the skin on. Boy oh boy was that skin tough!!

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