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    what is the best way to catch eels for bait ,bought pot baited with dog food set 24 hrs in a place i thought would have eels ,not a single one in pot. help, how ,when ,where,baits


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    i know here in delaware they use horseshoe crabs or razor clams in the eel pots. hook and line we can get a supply of them with worms on mudflats during the incoming tide. i'd say look for a flat with at least 3 feet of water at dead low tide. here's another tip cover your eelpot with burlap or any other cloth to block out the light and you'll get more eels.


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    i thought i would have gotten more ideas than i have so far,thanks

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    I'm lucky enough that the river close by has plenty of eel in it. I can head out at night time and use shrimp or chicken livers and get a half dozen at times generally in the 2 to 4' range. Never really used eel for bait until the last couple years, after hearing how much George and some others like it.

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    any more new ideas on catching eels :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by dumptruck View Post
    any more new ideas on catching eels :wink:
    I catch eels here in the tidal section of the Skuke on demand using tiny bits of chicken livers , worms, and hotdogs. I like to fish shallow water (1 to 5 ft) with rocky bottom. Those critters like to hide in and under rocks.

    Please do not use regular hook because these things love to gut hook themselves. I just simply use a a regular 1/16 jighead. The jighead doesn't allow the eel to swallow the whole hook and makes unhooking alot easier.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catfishmanandrew View Post
    I want to fish for eels so I have this question, should I bottom fish or float or what?
    Bottom, eels hunker to the bottom and live in/under rocks and crevices. If they were to be swimming up in the water column, they would be easy pickins for predatory fish.

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    Also, Dumptruck, using dog for for bait in eel traps is not suggested for that the dog food will turn into mush and float away when soaked in water for about 10 minutes.

    Try using a net/mess bag with some chicken livers in it or just a half opened can of catfood.

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    i catch a ton of eels while catfishing they usually come off of chicken liver or night crawlers using a Carolina rig with 7/0 sickle hooks. look for structure when targeting eels.:cool2:
    I'm surprised big George hasn't replied yet lol:smile2:

    Last edited by brownie525; 06-16-2009 at 02:25 PM.

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