Bait for Eel traps

Discussion in 'Catfishing Baits' started by gunny169, Jan 18, 2006.

  1. gunny169

    gunny169 New Member

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    :0a35: Can anyone tell me what would be the bait of choice for catching eels in a trap? When would be the best time to start putting out traps? And how deep or shallow should the traps be placed? thanks
     
  2. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    Gunny, good question bro!
    I've been playind around with some homemade traps and baits. Haven't had a lot of luck so far. Use your mind and come up with wahatever and try different depts and then share the wealth. I'm still trying myself.
     

  3. gunny169

    gunny169 New Member

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    hopefully before the weather starts turning warm, I'll have it down and i'll let you know.
     
  4. joe0580

    joe0580 New Member

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    the best bait for eel pots is either cut up blue gill or chicken liver as i have found. you can catch them year round. just put them near a snag pile or something like that. i have a spot that i get about 150 to 200 each time i pull. i usually leave the trap in the water for at least a week before checking. email me i send you some pics of the traps i use and some of the eels i catch. hope this helps.
     
  5. gunny169

    gunny169 New Member

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    thanks for the info. I'll try it and see what happens.
     
  6. joe0580

    joe0580 New Member

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    here are some pics of pots. hope the show you some of what they look like. hope this helps. guess they will not uplaod. if whistler can im me i send them to him and get him to upload. ok. thankx
     
  7. gunny169

    gunny169 New Member

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    when using chicken livers for bait for eels. do you put the livers in nylons/ or small mesh bag to hold them together?
     
  8. joe0580

    joe0580 New Member

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    use black nylons or something like a bait sack. i will try to get pics posted but they seem to large to put on here for some reason. not sure. any help would be nice. thankx
     
  9. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Joe, if you want to, email them to me at: ____ and I'll resize them for you, then return them to you, or post for you, whichever you prefer.

    Paul >> Removed open e-mail to prevent spammers from targeting the BOC with e-mail harvesters. If there is no pay-off, the majority will move on to greener pastures quickly.
     
  10. joe0580

    joe0580 New Member

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    sent the pics to you if you could post i can explain them so everyone understands. thankx
     
  11. bigyella

    bigyella New Member

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    Can someone post a picture of these eels? Can you explain what you are talking about for us dumb folks? Is this a fresh water thing? Please explain for a west texas dummy
     
  12. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Joe, here are the pics of the eel traps after resizing:
     

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  13. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Check this link for a photo of the american eel: http://www.landbigfish.com/fish/fish.cfm?ID=74
    They inhabit most rivers that connect to the atlantic ocean, at least on the east coast. The life cycle is pretty interesting..just do a search on 'american eel' and you should be able to find out whatever you need to know.
     
  14. joe0580

    joe0580 New Member

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    hey thankx a lot for posting those pics for me. here is the explanation for them. the traps are about 3 feet tall and bigger depending on how many and what size eels i want. you can see in the pics that there are 2 chambers. the first chamber is where fish can get in and out. the second area is wheree the bait is put and where the eels go. the pic showing the top in is a way to see the size whole i use. i use a cloth that will not rot or anything. but how the traps are made if you catch eels you must remover them when you pick up pot. because if you drop back into water the eels will esacpe because it opens up the second chamber trap cloth with water pressure backwards. i hope this helps some. if any other question or like to get a trap contact me. i am going to use some of the moneis made to send to boc to help out again this year.
     
  15. nosnag

    nosnag New Member

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    I used to buy my eels for striped bass from a Puerto Rican fisherman when I lived back east.He caught them the easiest way I have ever seen. He got meat scraps from the meat department at the grocery store for free.Then he simply put the bait in a burlap sack along with a rock to sink it.He attached a rope,threw it in the river,and let it set overnight.The eels would force their way through the weave and into the sack and feed.When he pulled the sack up,they would still be inside and chowing up.He then simply dumped the sack into a large tub and culled them to size.Simple and very effective.

    BILL
     
  16. michaelgriffis

    michaelgriffis New Member

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    joe how long can you keep eels in a bait tank before they start dying?
     
  17. joe0580

    joe0580 New Member

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    i can keep them for a while but i sale them so fast not really sure.
     
  18. michaelgriffis

    michaelgriffis New Member

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    do you feed them while you keep them?
     
  19. joe0580

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    no i dont feed them. i guess you could but i get rid of them so fast there is no need for me to feed them at all.
     
  20. CatBusster

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    Best thing is a hessian sack filled with guts and general crap, tied up with a rope and slung out in the margins under a bush, the eels teeth get caught in the sack, thats how you catch them but you still need to be relatively quick when pulling the sack in. Eels are another fish that feed by the moon, so bait up in the evenings and retrieve the sacks early in the mornings