9/30 – Steve’s September Wrap-Up….

9/30 – Steve’s September Wrap-Up….

Sorry it’s been a while since my last post. The truth is it’s been a pretty slow and disappointing month of fishing for what traditionally should be one of the best times of year. I’ve had only a handful of good nights of fishing out of many put in, as have many of the experienced anglers I frequently speak with. Those putting in their time after dark and with eels are occasionally being rewarded. The fish are moving quickly and very hard to predict this time of year, here one night gone the next. Hopefully the fish will be back on the feed after this storm clears through early next week.

These fish were from a few weeks back. I was lucky enough to get two 30lb+ fish in one evening. Thanks to Mike Azvedo and Gabe Chuckran for help with the pictures and video!

Mike Azvedo

Steve Gallant
Plum Island Surfcasting Guide Service

Steve Gallant

Steve is a hopelessly obsessed surfcaster and rarely misses a night of fishing.

  • Brian
    Posted at 12:35h, 01 October

    do you only use ells? I fish the canal down the cape so I fish all lures the current is to fast to use worms even on a 8oz weight it will pull it. Personally I’ve never fished with ells.. My question to you is where do hook the ell? And do you use a weight set up? I’ve had Little luck fishing clams which I usually kill it up there with but this year its been terrible I’ve only landed 5 fish in like 9 trips up there… I’ve had days there catching 10-12 fish a day..

    • Justin
      Posted at 05:52h, 02 October

      Brian most fish eels more similarly to a plugood than soaking clams or worms. Generally hooked through the jaw and up and out an eye. No weight. Cast out let sink then a slow retrieve. Fished dead or alive they’re a very attractive meal for striper. You can fish live eels during slack tides at the canal.

    • Steve
      Posted at 19:04h, 02 October

      Hi Brian,

      Justin pretty much hit the nail on the head. I cast them out depending on whether they are alive or dead will determine my retrieve speed. I tend to let lively eels drift freely with the current, just reeling enough to keep tension in the line, allowing for a very natural presentation. I tend to use a faster retrieve with dead eels, treating them a bit more like a sluggo than a live eel. I prefer to fish lively eels in faster moving water, as their tendency is to head towards the bottom, I know they will get down into the water column. Dead eels fish better in slower moving water, as they will ride high up towards the surface in faster moving water. I’ve had just as much luck with dead eels as alive, perhaps even more so.


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