3 Foot EEL Caught In The Lehigh River w/pics

Discussion in 'PENNSYLVANIA RIVERS TALK' started by justme, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. justme

    justme New Member

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    Hi I just figured i would share this I went out tonight for a little and cought some cats & almost a 3 foot eel, I usually use chicken liver and night crawlers, but they were out so I had to buy BEEF LIVERS .... Well They worked out great !!!! I was constantly getting hits ... the Beff Liver was great and it stayed on the hook perfect .... also i included a pic of the 6 in minnow in its gut .... lol
     

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  2. wishiwasfishin

    wishiwasfishin New Member

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  3. justme

    justme New Member

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    Well it was a shock for me ... Never caught an EEL that big but I guess not everyone will think it is a big deal ........
     
  4. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    I thought those critters were saltwater species. I'd been shocked too!:roll_eyes:
     
  5. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Ive never caught an eel either, thats a nasty looking critter.
     
  6. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    Nice catch Bill! I have never caught an Eel. Are you going to eat it? Thanks for posting the pics!
     
  7. kaleigh

    kaleigh New Member

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    I got a few that big on chicken livers.Got them in Easton at the dam at the end of the Lehigh where it dumps into the Delaware.Do you eat them or what? I have always heard they taste great,just never learned how to clean or cook them.Any tips would be great!!
     
  8. justme

    justme New Member

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    Hi Well with the eel my buddy smokes them , You pretty much just clean them like a trout ... Yea they sell smoked eel at the store and its not cheap ..... everyone who i know eats them loves them therey say there not bony at all . Im going to try it .... I never ate them before but ill let you know .... Usually people use a smaller long hook to catch them but i was using a big catfish hook with a big piece of beef liver and there he was .... thanks everyone ... Bill
     
  9. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    I keep "eels" in my home aquaria and thats not an eel. It has pectoral fins and true eel species do not have "flippers" of any kind, except the rudder-like tail. Might be tropical or just some type of native fish I have never seen! I have caught river "eels" on trout worms up the crick (creek) but they don't look like that! Very cool! Congrats!
     
  10. truckin4x4

    truckin4x4 New Member

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    well what ever it is it sure is a nice catch.
     
  11. jrm11

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    Makes Great bait !!!!!!!!!
     
  12. kycatman01

    kycatman01 New Member

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    I caught a eel once, myself. Man, those things are ugly. Thanks for sharing!!
     
  13. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Wild, thanks for sharing the pics.
     
  14. peewee williams

    peewee williams New Member

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    It looks like the American Eels that I have been catching in South Carolina and Georgia for over 50 years.Also look like the ones that I saw and caught in Europe while in the navy.My Grandfather and a Friend use to like them so I saved all that I caught.I cleaned them just like a cat fish and cut them up in 2 inch pieces.If you slit them down each side of the back bone,you won;t have a pink look to the cooked flesh and juice along the backbone.They ate them fried as you would a Catfish.They are good Catfish bait,and good bait for many saltwater fish.A American Eel has a fin on each side of its body right behind it's gills.A similar looking creature called the Greater Siren is a giant salamander and has 2 legs up front instead of gills.Please release these as they are rare,harmless and taste bad.They will bite and hold on like a blame turtle.The different Ells that I have bought for my freshwater aquariums over the years turned out to be Ell looking fish when I looked them up in the books.peewee-williams
     
  15. kaleigh

    kaleigh New Member

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    That is an average size for the Lehigh and Delaware.Lets get together and go fishing!:big_smile:
     
  16. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    The American fresh water eel you have there is one of the finest catfish baits you can come by. Chunk it and put the chunks on a hook, my last trip out I caught 6 catfish on the same chunk of eel, it will not come off the hook! Eel will be just as good even after being frozen, I vacum seal eels and they will stiil be great bait even after refreezing several times.
     
  17. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    Ugly looking things
     
  18. SeedTick

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    eewweehh. I hope I never catch one. Just looking at the picture gives me the willies.:crazy:

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  19. serb

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    My buddy caught one the other night in high water... those things creep my out
     

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  20. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    i havent caught an eel since the early 90's. (then again thats the last time i went) theyre so fun to try to unhook...NOT!! i should try it again sometime.