Planning to try some eeling around OC this Friday, weather permitting. I have only used eels a few time, mostly on the bottom with a three way but once tried using ballons. The ballon got hung up when I retrieved my line and had to cut it off so not sure if I'll try that again. So, I'm wondering what the preferred method around OC is. Bottom, top with baloons or floats or free swim? Or, should we try all three? Also, in the past I've kept the eels on ice until I hook 'em so they are someone lathargic and easier to handle. Any other thoughts on that? Finally, what size hooks do you prefer? I have some #8 Gama circles that I use in the surf but am wondering if they are too big for eels? Any comments appreciated.