I bit the bullet and splashed out on a pack of real eels, purple and pearl was one of the few choices left in the 20cm size, I think fire tiger was the only other. Since it arrived mid week I was like a kid at Christmas waiting to get my first chance to use it. That finally arrived this morning for a very quick two hour session before the wife went to work, ( had to be back in time to look after the kids). So I set off "down the cut" with it to a favourite pike spot.
I have to say it was a bit strange to use at first but then I soon got a technique going making it flash and rock from side to side with the tail spiralling like a artistic gymnasts ribbon. This had an instant effect as an over optimistic small perch chased it out of the water as I lifted to recast. Next cast and the first fish to christen it was landed. Just a small jack that was snared on the main hook not the stinger, which means it must have attacked it from the side. I did notice a small tear near the main hook so had to glue that with some superglue I had in my bag. I hope they don't disintegrate too quickly after only a few fish ?
I had nothing more on it in the next half an hour so I tried some of my other previously successful lures but couldn't get any joy on these either. The water was quite coloured today, so did this mean the fish weren't having it? I don't know so to be fair the real eel was the most successful lure of the session after all. I'm looking forward to the chance to get to a nice clear running river to give it a go and see what it can do in clear conditions.