Need help fishing live eels in LI Sound
I have been fishing for a long time, mostly on the North Shore of Boston, from the shore. I primarily used artificials and chunk bait. I recently purchased a boat and have been going out in The Sound. I am drifting live eels and casting out some artificials while I wait. I can only get out during the day.
My question I guess is in regards to rigging the eel. I have a 3 way with 18" - 50# mono attached to a 6/0 J hook. on the other side I have a 12" leader attached to a weight, size dependent on the current to get all this to the bottom. I have tried this on two trips so far and have yet to catch anything.
I hook the eel through the mouth and out the eye. I have had fish hit my eel 5 times and haven't landed one. I have had my eel stolen once and 4 times have ended up with 1/2 an eel or just a head. Is there a rig to get the fish to swallow the eel the way I want him to?
Thanks for the help! And GREAT FORUM........