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Old 05-31-2004, 09:54 AM
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Years ago, some crazy Striperman got an idea. It worked!
Eel skins stretched over swimming plugs, usually the big Gibbs.
Here's the how........
Get the largest Eel you can find. Nail it to a tree through the head.
Cut around the body just behind the head and pull the skin down inside out with a pair of pliers. Liberally salt the white side of the skin, then turn it back right side out and salt again. Nail the skin to the tree and allow to dry completely.
Remove the hooks from your plug of choice. Take the now dried Eel skin and cut a length that matches the plug. Soak the skin in water until pliable.
stretch the skin over the plug, Right side out, until it covers.
hang the plug in a sunny location to dry and shrink the skin to the plug.
Here's the why.............
The skin gives the plug a more natural appearance and feel to the fish, some have said scent could be involved as well.
I have seen skinned plugs catch every fish while unskinned got no hits.
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Old 05-31-2004, 02:25 PM
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Ya :) And dont forget the Eel Smelly Jelly!



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Old 05-03-2006, 01:19 PM
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I've seen eel skin jigs at the ditch.. good looking rigs that work great. tough as nails too..
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Old 05-07-2006, 08:23 PM
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dude, i gotta come fish the ditch with you. is the 3rd week in june too soon? that is my only vacation time this year



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Old 08-23-2006, 11:55 PM
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what kind of salt would one use (regular table salt?)
id like to rig a few of these for the upcoming fall run--------for those nights i cant make it to the baitshop on time ----but need the confidence of an eel to get me to the surf on a chilly november night
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Old 09-14-2006, 01:20 PM
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Just a note on a variation that I've used for years in fast water or trolling.
A keeled trolling sinker with a large keel hook attatched to the chain (can add a tail hook trailer fashion). Paint the sinker black, add eyes and belly tones if desired. Apply a bead of glue around sinker, slide skin up past the hump, and "whip" with black or red thread. The glue should make like a collar after assembly to help keep the skin from sliding.
Using Kosha salt to the inside (no,don't fill it!) of the skin before turning (with a dowl), then salt the outside generously. They'll keep for months in a air tight jar rolled up nice and neatly. Refridgerating or freezing helps too.
I accept all dead, soon to be discarded eels by the way if anyone is interested. Jig it, jerk it, swim it.
10 times more potant than a plastic lifeless (in comparison) job.
Sidebar; rig a couple with shaped wine corks the same way to see what happens in a rocky pounding surf.
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PS; add salt before drying. I dry just a bit. keep them flexable and minimixe shrinking. about 16 hrs on a not too damp day AFTER salting is usually just right. Salt takes the moisture out fast, and holds the scent better (I think). Wash the slime off before skinning too.
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Old 09-14-2006, 01:55 PM
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what kind of salt would one use (regular table salt?)
The only salt you should ever use for anything fishing related is Kosher salt.
Table salt is a no no - I'm not sure why, I've heard it's because of the iodine, I've heard it's because of the fine grain and I've heard it's because of both.
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Old 09-14-2006, 03:24 PM
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thanks fellas
floatsum ---i like those ideas----im gonna fool around with some eel skinz
sooon----ill let you guys know how i do
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Old 09-15-2006, 06:04 AM
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kosher salt/ rosh hashana is on the 23rd. oy!



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Old 09-15-2006, 11:57 AM
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Linesider,
Little trick on the cork rig, cut the hole around to hook just big enough to fill the skin with water for casting weight, still maintains neutral bouyancy in the surf. (No rear hook holes to let the water out though)

An "old skool twixter"
Wish someone would make a book on some of this old time basic bait stuff. Like makin spoons from actual spoons, etc. I need a refresher!
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Old 09-15-2006, 05:30 PM
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"Tackle Craft" by boyd pfeiffer if you can find this (old)book 60's. it is chock full of stuff about making all kinds of plugs, rigs, terminal tackle, etc. i made a lure retriever out of a piece of lead pipe with chains on a fly reel with 150# nylon and if i ever found it i would scream out loud cause i made it when i wasn't doing any fishing and forgot where the damn thing is. days i wished to god i knew as loosing a plug to the bottom sucks. i won;t be making any more after the headache it was to fabricate then but i know it works as it was tested with a danny in the cold winter surf.



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Old 09-15-2006, 11:22 PM
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Thanks, just read one of his books "The Complete Surfcaster", not too shabby.
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Old 09-16-2006, 06:35 AM
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read FLY FISHING THE STRIPER SURF by Frank Daignault. you may not be a flyrodder (yet) but it's a really good read and you may turn to fishing at night like most of us do after you;ve read it (not just because of the book, just as the hunt is better)



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Old 09-16-2006, 10:11 AM
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Thanks, but just re-read it not too long ago for like the 4th time. Good read. Also, Frank runs a column on anouther striper site that gets interesting as well.
If you're into Flyfishing, or even just looking for an interesting read on "reading water", Both "A Perfect Fish", and "Striper Moon" (by Ken Abrams) is worth the time reading. Can't say I get along with the guy too well,, but he does know his crap about finding and catching stripers. He runs a "competative"(?) site also. Having flyfished since the ,,,,,, latter 60's, 20 minutes with the guy changed my form for the better for life.
By the way,,,, I've been a flyrodder for a "few days" now. But my fishing is definately not "mainstream". I've no problem mixing / blending / crossing over of styles from one to anouther.
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Old 09-17-2006, 09:51 AM
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excellent. if i didn;t have such a loser job i;d be able to get ample time to come up and fish with the new england crew. it really was a better world coming up to maine each summer to fish. unlike here, i could give a rats ass if i caught something as it was just being in the element and relaxing. sadly i may not get alot of fishing time in this run as i have personal events that will keep me occupied when i;m not working



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