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Caught an eel #13881343 02/10/21 02:37 PM
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Caught an eel at Helton nature park between San Antonio and Floresville. I guess it's pretty rare. I informed fisheries department. Eel was released unharmed.

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Re: Caught an eel [Re: kesagami] #13881352 02/10/21 02:41 PM
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Wow! I have heard of eels in the Mississippi river drainage system. Surprised to hear about 1 in the San Antonio area. Great catch.

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Thanks, I believe it is an American Eel and their life cycle is amazing swimming thousands of miles between fresh and salt water. After catching it, the one article mentioning eels in San Antonio talked about fish and game's excitement over netting one in the Medina river.

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See I would have thought for sure I had caught a snake and cut the line... Cool catch! Never heard of such a thing before.



Re: Caught an eel [Re: kesagami] #13881584 02/10/21 05:35 PM
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Sick! I've always wanted to catch an eel. Awesome catch and release cheers


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Re: Caught an eel [Re: kesagami] #13881715 02/10/21 06:36 PM
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Awesome catch clap is that the san Antonio river?


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Re: Caught an eel [Re: kesagami] #13881738 02/10/21 06:47 PM
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Yes, San Antonio river, on cut bait and circle hook

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Yes, San Antonio river, on cut bait and circle hook

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Kesagami, the biodiversity center in Austin, Texas is doing a study on freshwater eels in Texas and would probably be very interested in the details of your catch. You can call 512-471-8845 to see if they are interested. You can tell Adam that Barry, the black buffalo guy, gave you the number lol. Great job on the catch.

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Awesome catch. Truly a catch of a lifetime. cheers


Side Note: That is one fish I have never caught. Also the location where you caught yours in not far from where I live. Again super catch. thumb


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Re: Caught an eel [Re: kesagami] #13882207 02/10/21 11:31 PM
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not gonna lie i'da freak the F out! i dont mind snakes at all, not even copperheads, but eels are a no go for me

still that's a cool catch!


I didn't lose him at the boat. I shook him off cause I didn't want my hands to get "fishy"
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Originally Posted by kesagami
Yes, San Antonio river, on cut bait and circle hook

Does anyone know if there are any dams inbetween where it was caught and san Antonio bay? Did it swim up from saltwater hmmm


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Leo we caught those things by the dozens when I was a kid growing up in Va. Dams don't bother them much (at least the little earthen dams on ponds and smaller lakes) and have seen them overlanding their trips during and just after thunderstorms in the late summer. I was surprised at the late winter/spring time catch though. I seem to remember them more in the late summer early fall.

I would think any body of water that leads into the Gulf or the Atlantic in what ever roundabout fashion has the potential to have them. Surprised kesagami was able to grab him with just a was towel. We usually kept newspaper in the tacklebox if they were about or just cut the line. they have more slime and are slicker than a gafftop.

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Never caught an eel before. Like has already been said. "Catch of a Lifetime" ! Nice fish. woot

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Thanks for all the great replies. Probably only one I'll ever catch here, but I will try next time I go to that spot, something broke me off just before the eel. I looked at maps to see about dams and didn't see any. Thanks again.

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