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So I'm hoping there are some striper fishing experts who can answer a question for me about how to hook eels when fishing for striper. I've been told to hook them both ways...by the tail or up under the jaw and out an eye socket and that it doesn't matter. I have now caught fish both ways, however, I'm now concerned about hooking eels through the tail. Both fish I caught last night (on eels hooked through the tail) were gut hooked. Fortunately both were keepers, but I don't think they'd have survived if not. None of the striper I caught with lip-hooked eels were gut hooked. Is there a particular way the striper attacks/eats an eel that makes one way better than the other? Intuitively, it makes sense to hook the eels through the lip and out the eye socket to avoid gut hooking the fish, but I was just curious what others' opinions are...especially those of you who have been using eels longer than I have. Or maybe I just did something wrong in the way I hooked them through the tail. Thanks!