06-17-2005, 11:46 AM
Seems that there are quite a few eels around the piers at my marina with some of them going 3'. At lot of times when I'm messing around my boat I'll throw a line over the side for some perch and usually catch at least one eel. Samething with the other folks around me. It dawned on me that we've been throwing back crab bait. Question is how can I keep them? I was thinking about salting them but how. Anyone have any advise in this area? Any help would be appreciated.
06-17-2005, 12:52 PM
catch em cut em up into bait size pieces i use feed salt in 80lb bags with eels and chicken necks works great for both toughens the chicken and the eels. don't be afraid to use alot of salt not enough will let them rot. there is no such thing as not enough salt
06-17-2005, 03:14 PM
Shellfish is right on, Be sure to buy livestock salt not the water softener kind. get a 5 gallon bucket with lid mix whole or pices of eel & store in cool place.
Look into putting some eel pots around your boat.
06-17-2005, 04:06 PM
Don't waste your time trying to crab with the big eels, crabs don't like them. 3' is a pretty good frying size though.
Salting eels is a two step processs
first they need to be slimed,
this is done by putting them into a heavy salt brine while still whole,usually when they are still alive, the heavy brine will kill them, then you remove them from the wet brine & wash them off
they will now be de-slimed .
then you can put them into dry salt, where they will keep unrefrigerated for a long time.
really not worth the effort for just a few eels
also someone mentioned about not using large eels
and this is true, trotline eels should be no larger in diameter than your thumb
06-17-2005, 06:34 PM
Thanks for the help guys. Since I'm retired and my wife still works I've got nothing to do Monday thru Friday but fish, crab, and clean the boat so I really don't mind messing around with some eels. I pretty much live on the boat all week anyway. Thanks again for the help and yes I'm going to put a few eel pots around the dock.
06-17-2005, 07:29 PM
Good Luck with eeling!
06-18-2005, 04:58 AM
Capt. Dale suggested that I put out a few eel pots around my pier which sounds like a good idea since I also fish for rock a couple times a week. Not knowing what an eel pot looks like I did a search. Looks like they are just minnow traps with an extension piece in the middle to increase their length. Called around to a couple of tackle shops and no one carries them. BPS had no idea what I was talking about. Found them at Bill's in Delaware. http://www.billssportshop.com/nets/traps1.html Is this what I'm looking for at $19.99 ea? Seems a little pricey but I'll spring for two of them. Where can I buy them locally? Again guys thanks for your help.
06-18-2005, 08:50 AM
The item you are looking at is not a true eel pot. You may catch a few, but the majority will probably escape. Most of the locals make their own pots. About the same size as the minnow trap with one end having a cloth extension that ties shut to bait and empty the pot. Entrance end has two cloth funnels - the first is tied into the pot so the hole stays open and leads directly to the second funnel which is tied so the exit is stretched shut. The eels slither through the shut portion from the funnel side - once they are in, they can't get back through the stretched shut exit.
Island Fishing and Hunting on Kent Island may have them, if not, Aaron's welding shop in the middle of old Stevensville may have a couple he will sell you. He makes them for some people when he isn't busy.
06-18-2005, 09:45 AM
Thanks Mikie, I've been looking for an excuse to drive to the ES so I'll get them at Island Fishing & Hunting. I saw a pic of a cragging boat with those funny looking pots on board and was wondering what they were used for. Now I know.