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    Good day Gents,

    Recently I was fishing for yellows and a local farmer came up and started chatting.
    He said the pool I was fishing was called the "Paaling Gat" and he has caught some of over 5kg in it.....
    What is a Paaling and DOES IT TAKE FLIES..?

    JC
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    That would be an Eel ....
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCD View Post
    Good day Gents,

    Recently I was fishing for yellows and a local farmer came up and started chatting.
    He said the pool I was fishing was called the "Paaling Gat" and he has caught some of over 5kg in it.....
    What is a Paaling and DOES IT TAKE FLIES..?

    JC
    That would be an eel and it probably would. They eat worms, insect larvae, snails, crabs, fish, ducks etc.
    Last edited by BuzzLiteBeer; 22-12-11 at 06:52 AM.
    So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

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    Thanks for the replies... fresh water eel then.
    No flies only chicken liver and carp fillets
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    JCD, eel is correct...

    All rivers flowing east have eels, they spawn at sea and then return to a river to live for a few years then spawn at sea again, kind of like a steelhead, only the other way round...

    Regards

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    UK reports suggest that eels are often caught on Black Dancer's/Woolly Buggers. Can't hurt to try a Fritz as well.
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    So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

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    JC, you are such a Soutie...........

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    Tie up a "roadkill" fly and the fish it dead drift on a 12wt with some serious tappet as eels can really pull.

    I find rabbit zonker (cut from the oldest and stinkiest roadkill that you can find) works a treat - tie in a nice wing and keep the fly simple.

    The "paalings" cannot leave it alone...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nkula_nkula View Post
    Tie up a "roadkill" fly.... rabbit zonker (cut from the oldest and stinkiest roadkill that you can find).....
    MC, that sounds like your grunter fly
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    "African Pike"

    Word of Caution, when you land it, it will curl around your line and "slime" it. Not nice. Also, don't net him, he will slime your net so badly that you will spend an hour cleaning it. The fishy smell on your hands will stay for 2 days.
    Last edited by wernerm; 22-12-11 at 10:07 AM.
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