Eels?

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  1. Foam Steak

    Foam Steak 10 pointer

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    How do you find/catch them?
     
  2. trader rob

    trader rob 8 pointer

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    go to the inside bend in the creek, where the leaves and muck settle and collect. take a potato fork, or your hands and pitch a scoop of leaves up on the bank. the eels will squirm out and head back to the water. rub a little sand on your hands to be able to hold them.
     
  3. barney

    barney 12 pointer

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    That sums it up very well. I don't think there is a better "creek bait" than an eel!
     
  4. Steven Buckley

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    Lickin river is fool of them
     
  5. Foam Steak

    Foam Steak 10 pointer

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    Fool of them? are you guys telling me the truth or funnin' the Yankee boy?
     
  6. barney

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    The Licking is full of them. I found them once on a "jig pole'n" expedition, down around Blue Licks. I found those under a bridge where debris had collected.
     
  7. trader rob

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    some places will have them, some won't. i used to hunt them in the gorge area, years ago. there are a few places here that have eels.

    a good substitute are spring lizards. still hard to catch, but killer bait.
     
  8. Foam Steak

    Foam Steak 10 pointer

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    OK, thanks for the advice. I am going to give it a shot this summer.
     
  9. CSS archer

    CSS archer BBBC Members

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    The american eel spawns in the Sargasso Sea, I've never seen a small one. I've caught plenty that were 2-4 feet long.
     
  10. Steven Buckley

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    Yes full of them, salamander's what I call water dogs is a much better bait and much easier to keep alive! Smallis freakin love em! I also love to fish with Hellgramites they are a smallie killer as well
     
  11. barney

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    These are not actually eels, but freshwater lampreys.(hyperoartia) I did witness a large group of adults spawning on a riffle one spring. Thats the only time I ever saw an adult. The adults and larval stage are quite different in appearance, and the larva actually go through a metamorphosis to become an adult. The larval stage, are the ones we collect from shoals, for bait.
     
  12. barney

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    An old timer taught me the trick to keeping keeping the eels alive, and I have kept them for up to a week.

    Most people put them in a bucket full of the debris they came from, but this usually kills them quickly, because it drowns them. I just grab a few hand fulls of green tree leaves, wet them in the water, and put them in a cooler......then ad the eels. Keep them cool and damp.......that is the trick!
     
  13. JasonGoneFishing

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