By Mike Hogan
Sand eels can be found almost anywhere in the water column. Their slender bodies are designed for burrowing into the bottom, that’s why you often see fish that have been feeding on them with scuffed up noses. Sand eels typically are found closer to the bottom by day and closer to the surface at night.
For striper fisherman, being armed with tactics to imitate sand eels is essential. Stripers feeding on sand eels tend to be smaller (under 20lbs) but are often large in numbers.. One upside to fishing schools of sand eels is that they are slow moving. (A refreshing break for those of you used to chasing bonito and albies.)
Size and Coloration of Sand Eel Lures:
The length of the send eel varies quite a bit, ranching from 2 to 10inches. Large oceanic sand eels can reach 15inces. In their natural habit the coloration of their backs can range from a light amber – bronze to very dark green.
Hogy Original Series: Better suited for heavier top-water gear or deep water fishing. Perfect for jig heads and drop shot rigs. (Click here for more) 7” Original: Great for casting with a little heavier gear. A beefier presentation than the 6inch Skinny which will improve both casting distance and visibility. (Click here for more) 6” Skinny: Perfect size for inshore-light tackle casting. (If there are albies in the area, try this one!) (Click here for more)
We have two colors dedicated to the sand eel:
- Lite Sand Eel: Amber Top with bone belly. Silver and rainbow fleck is added to the belly portion. Perfect for imitating sand eels when they are showing orange/bronze coloration.
- Dark Sand Eel: Dark green top Violet peralesence in mid section. (Hard to photograph we’d like to add!) and bone belly. A more traditional sand eel color.
Hogy Sand Eel Series: 4.6″ and 7″: These baits are so reel, you can hardly tell they are not. They are very light weight and require delicate rigging but are unparalleled when you have some finicky fish on your hands. The best way to rig these are on weighted swim bait hooks and small jig heads.
- Unweighted Swim bait Hook: The ideal solution for top water casting. A weedless presentation. Great for lighter outfits. (Click here for more)
- Weighted Swim bait Hooks: Our weighted swim bait hooks add 3/8th oz to the hook. Great for mid level casting or use in heavy wind. A fall sand eel best seller. (Click here for more)
- Jig Head: Sand eels are known for borrowing in the sand. A slowly bounced jig head rigged soft bait is a go to methods for grubbing stripers. Vertical jigging for larger stripers in deeper water is a proven method. The 10inch original can be rigged on all of our jig heads. (Click here for more)