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Mmmm eels!!!

Everyone loves a good eel now and then, but it seems they have become something of a rarity in the shops! Most British streams and rivers are "teeming" with eels however, and there are several ways of getting them from out of the water, and into your pot.

Step 1: The theory

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basically, the idea is that a cloth bag, filled with straw/hay/newspaper and bait will attract eels, which chew through the bag and will still be in the bag when you haul it up. Note that the bag MUST be cloth and NOT PLASTIC!
Mattakers5 years ago
If you are poor how did you upload it to instructables? With your imagination?

hahahaa i was wondering the same!

I once caught an eel in a minnow trap by accident.

JamyK14 years ago

Thanks for the info coatesy900! My son and I were crabbing for blue craw crabs and ended catching some nice eels in our crabpot using chicken as bait. We fried them up and they are DELICIOUS! Video of us catching, cleaning and frying them here:

JordanB44 years ago
Can you use a pillow case?
Dylzer4 years ago

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I like this unfortunately the American eel is protected where I live.
I have caught them on the hook while bottom fishing what a pain getting them off a hook they don’t stop fighting.
JACKBARRY6 years ago
this is not very effective compared to other ways
i use about a meter of 90mm pvc piping with a hole drilled in the middle where i hang the bait sack, an eel usually comes within ten minutes of me placing it in the water whereupon i clamp one hand each side and lift, once the water has drained out through where the bait sack is clamped, move your eel to the beheading board and voila, one trapped eel
AWESOMME i never thought of that me and my friend put the bait inside and tie up all ends the eels bite the cloth and because the way there teeth are they cant get off. our record eel was 4 pounds and almost 3 feet long ill try this tomorrow
_Scratch_9 years ago
your own blood. LOL
darkmuskrat11 years ago
please post a pic of eels in a bag :P that would be awesome.
Eels in a Bag...that sounds like a bad horror Snakes on a Plane
The Sequel to "Tigers on a Bicycle"
lmao! i cant stop laffin !!!! i wish they wuld make a sequel like that
Sharks on a unicycle (The prequel)
or giraffes on a penny farthing LMAO XD (a better prequel ) ;-)
Tarantulas on a skateboard
Mountain Lions in a Minivan
elephants in the worlds smallest car ;)
Owls in a Smart Car
when will this horror end :O
Spiders in a Loafer.
snakes on a plane :O oh wait someone beet me to it damn! lol
Scorpions on a rollerskate
Pandas on a Paraglider!
humans in a car
mcadwell djr678910 years ago
"Humans in a car"...methinks you won this round.
djr6789 mcadwell10 years ago
dam straight !
Kittens on a pocketbike
bubba j mcadwell10 years ago
a scary horror movie would be if the had yo mammas face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
kinawera10 years ago
Dealing with Slime, From Eels, Their Care and Maintenance by J.R Wood.

"Eels produce slime but only when they are taken out of the water. The slime keeps their skin wet. You can avoid the slime-slip by;

A) Harvesting your eels in the water, right beside them, cheek by jowl, as it were


B) a length of pantihose placed over your hand allows you to easily grab your opponent. This is a most remarkable method and works for all fresh water fishies.

Section 1.5.8, part C: Slime and its aftermath.

Eel slime is stinky. Not really fishy, just sort of manky/muddy, like Fungus the Bogeyman's armpit. Cure:

Toothpaste. Toothpaste is the only substance that will remove the stench from your hands. Wash as with soap. Do not use the eel slime on your teeth.

Cooking of eel;

Smoked is the best I think especially with some nicely flavoured branches. Every other method makes you realise why there are so many eels thriving in nature.
Draxis kinawera10 years ago
Hey! Fungus the Bogeyman! I loved that book!
GorillazMiko11 years ago
I've never eaten eels before... what do they taste like? Nice job!
Eel is my favorite type of sushi. It's not raw, so people who ain't gonna try raw fish might like it. It's hard to describe, but it's not anything like chicken.
You've gotta' love how it feels kinda' like it's stinging your tongue. It just sucks that eel sushi is so dang expensive!
ARGH! I now what you mean it's so difficult to find good hagus in the states these days! Lamb's stomaches are difficult to find!
The tongue stinging sensation actually isn't from the eel- it's from the Sansho (japanese pepper) that is used as a spice in curing the Unagi. You can buy Sansho at asian markets and use it to make any food tongue numbing, there are a lot of Taiwanese dishes that use a lot of Sansho with real spicy sauces to be hot and tongue numbing at the same time- a real strange sensation to eat!
turps11 years ago
Wouldn't it be better to kill it by chopping off its tail? I thought there brain was in their tail?
kinawera turps10 years ago
Eels have nerves all along their body, and so you can chop them into many pieces, each of which will writhe separately for quite some time. In fact, you can cut off their heads and their mouths still react to stimulus. This means a detached head will clamp shut on anything you place in it. Small enough to fit in your pocket too! It should be noted this is cruel to the animal, which is why supermodels often parade down catwalks wearing replica hollowed-out eels instead of luxurious (but bleeding) arctic foxes. (Yes. I had trouble making friends at school).
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