Question eeling for rockfish
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    Default eeling for rockfish

    hey all im going to try my hand at fishing live eels this year, so in my looking into it I find the 3 bucket way to keep them alive seems to be best 3 5 gals buckets, lower no holes, sec drill 6 holes, and same as top, wrap eels in soft rags add ice to top bucket and put eels in sec bucket put all 3 together the ice keeps them slow easy to handle, and most and the holes allow the water and slime to drip down into lower bucket so they don't die if anyone has a better way let me know, then on rigging I understand to use a #7 or 5 circle hook on a 50# leader with a 2 to 4 oz inline sinker that sides with a float allow the stopper on sinker to the depth of 2 to 4 ft for the bay if any of this info is wrong please let me know so im not wasting eels time ect thanks if the info is correct then I hope its helps you too.

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    While I personally do not support that method of fishing,, I have been a mate doing so.. and support my brothers that chose to do it.. do yourself a favor don't limit your depth.. ( I have fished ells at same time at 5, 10 , 20 and 30 fow! ) Check out redirig on internet , here is one link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgQfO3chYuw

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    Eels are pretty tough and can live through most anything except heat. Not a problem this time of year. Just keep them moist and they will be fine. Use a paper towel or rag to get a good grip on them when hooking them. If they are on the wild side throw them on ice for a minute and they will basically go to sleep. When they hit the water they wake right back up. If you plan on trolling I recommend planner boards.

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    Not sure about the buckets but wet newspaper on ice in a cooler is a good method for eels. Put the eels in the newspaper and put it on ice.

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    I love eeling and it works for me. Nothing against trolling when needed. Keeping lines untangled and eels at different depths make you keep an eye on things always. One good thing about eeling - I always caught a BIG fish while eeling. Have 6 citation certificates at home for 40+ pound fish using this method.

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    Default Stripers while eeling

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    Keep eels in ice with a layer of rag or newspaper then when time to hook the slippery bast$)? Put it in a bucket with dry sand for a minute then grab and hook

    Remember this again in summer when your bouncing bouy markers looking for cobia

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