Eels are spectacular creatures that have fascinated mankind for ages. The eel breeds far out at sea, then spends years of its life traveling to the freshwater streams where it will mature before returning to its oceanic birthplace to reproduce and die.
These elongated fishes have been hunted and eaten by humans, especially in Europe and Asia, for thousands of years. By constructing a relatively simple trap, and with a little bit of luck and patience, you too can catch an eel.
- Cloth bag
- Bait (rabbit blood, or a 12oz steak)
- 40-foot string
- Leather glove
Some species of eel are protected or endangered. Make sure you know which types of eel live in your area.
FIll the cloth bag with newspaper. Soak the papers in the rabbit's blood or bury the steak in the paper.
Tie the bag off with the string, preserving the extra length.
Find your spot. Eels prefer warmer water, so try to find a sunny patch of a shallow freshwater stream, especially in a marshy or weedy area, where eels are known to be present.
Lower the trap into the water. Tie the trailing string to a tree, or tie it to a stick and bury the stick in the ground as an anchor. Leave the trap for a day.
When you return, put on the leather glove and open the bag to feel around for eels. Be careful--they can bite.
Things You'll Need
- Some species of eel are protected or endangered. Make sure you know which types of eel live in your area.
About the Author
William Guzzardi is a recent graduate of Brown University living in Chicago. His writing has appeared in numerous daily and weekly publications. He is also the poetry editor of the new online literary magazine Wag's Revue, and he works part-time as a professional copy and line editor.