eels are pretty hardy; they can stay in a bucket or baitwell with little or no water overnight in this cool weather.
In fact, don't let them stay in non-aerated water for long as they'll drown; keep a damp rag on them or even on ice.
circle hooks work fine w/eels too. good luck.
If you keep them in a bag on ice on the boat , they will be much easier to handle and put on a hook as the ice really slows down their metabolism . I prefer a smaller hook than you would think , even for larger eels . 3/0 Octopus style .
I hook them through both lips from the bottom up . I've seen guys tail hook them , hook them through the eyes , etc. Some feel that tail hooking them allows the eel to swim down and get more action but I always hook them in the lips . The only problem I've ever had was bluefish bite offs .
If you have an old cooler -that makes a great storage container for Eels.
Lay an old towel in the bottom and wet it with river water.DO NOT use tap water.The chlorine will kill them.Toss in the Eels and then cover with the towel.As long as the Eels gills stay moist-they will be fine :thumbup:.
I hook them from the lower jaw and out the upper jaw.Be careful not to insert hook too far back-if you hit the brain-they die .
Old way is to go in the mouth and out one eye socket.
Keep a bucket handy when you move to a new area.Lay the Eel in the bucket but do not put slack line in there.Keep plenty of clean dry rags on the boat - you'll see why.
They will last 2-3+ days ON ice. Dont let them get down in the water or they will drown. We keep them in a mesh bag on ice and cover them with a damp rag as well as have a rag seperate the eels from the ice. It is good to dump the mesh bag into the water once or twice a day just to refresh them and eliminate some of the slime too.
We generally hook through the lower jaw and out the top. However I have seen people go in one eye and out the other