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Shortfin Eel

Shortfin Eel -
Common Name: Shortfin Eel
Other Names: -
Scientific Name: Anguilla Bicolour Bicolour

Length: 80cm in length

Weight: Average weight of 1kg

Habitat: Found in rivers and dams with rocks and caves for hiding.

Distribution: Widespread along coastal areas, from Mossel Bay to Mozambique

Bait: As with other eels, shortfin eels will eat just about anything such as crabs, frogs, earthworms etc.

Description: Dark Olive-brown colour. As the name suggests the fins are small and thin.

Fishing Strategy:
Use strong line, when the eel is hooked it will retreat to any rock or cave. The angler will need to set the hook and keep pressure  on the fish to avoid the eel going into a cave. If the eel goes into a cave, then the line will wear on the sharp rocks and break. This species is not as common as other eel species.

Eating Quality:

  • Strong line is needed

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