Now I have to ask this question because I used to live in charleston and we would occasionally catch eels, but when you reel them in they would be all tangled up in your line and the only thing you could do was cut the line and re-rig. I do admit that I have used cut eel on several occasions with decent success but I was reading earlier that someone uses LIVE eel for bait. My first question is how in the heck do you hook them and keep them from making a mess of your rig? 2nd question is how good of success do you have with live eel? I have even gone through the trouble of skinning and cleaning them and frying them up side by side with catfish and there is only a little taste difference between them (couple of buddys couldnt tell the difference between the two until I told them which was which) but I wouldnt recommend it as they are a SOB to clean with all that slime on them.