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Old 07-17-2007, 03:21 PM
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I just bought some eels (10) but I can't use them until later tonight 10ish, will they survive in the bucket with the small bit of water they put in at the bait shop? Should I add Ice now or later? Ive got to keep them protected from the ice correct?
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:31 PM
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take them out of the water, put a bag of ice in a small cooler, cover with a wet towel, dump the eels on the towel, this will keep them cool and moist but wont allow them to drown in their own slime...... I kept the eels alive I brought to Rhody all day Saturday, all night sunday and all day monday.. I used them last night, I lost 9 out of 40.....
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Old 07-17-2007, 03:35 PM
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:17 PM
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theres probably a better way somewhere on this site but i use 2 small buckets with a bunch of holes drilled in one,and that is placed in the other bucket,so slime and condensation from the small little plastic ice packs i put in drains into bottom bucket.pretty simple and very effective. you could even put a lid on it just remember to blast a few holes in that too.they will keep a long time in this setup with little maintenence.
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Old 07-18-2007, 08:56 AM
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Thats a good method for fishing, but in the heat of the summer, the cooler/ice method is the best for short term "storage"
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:04 PM
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very true,i neglected to mention the towel.i use one also.although dead eels are not the end of the world either.i saw in a post that i think you made about putting a skin on the back end of a jointed bomber plug.pure genius,thanks.
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Old 07-18-2007, 07:11 PM
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dead eels catch bass too.....live ones are better though..
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Old 07-20-2007, 02:44 AM
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Thanks guys, I appreciate your help. Hopefully I will get my first striper soon, but the wait is going to make it very special.
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Old 07-20-2007, 07:29 AM
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https://www.stripers247.com/phpBB2/sh...t=Rigging+eels

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And here I was throwing the dead ones out!
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:12 AM
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so how does that work... you can use it for as long as you can stand the smell?
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Old 07-20-2007, 11:54 AM
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so how does that work... you can use it for as long as you can stand the smell?
Pretty much, a few old timers swore by the "ripe" ones, they would fish them until the litteraly fell appart, lash them back together and continue.... of coarse, most of those guy's were asked to fish alone!
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Old 07-20-2007, 02:01 PM
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Little tip - those little plastic ice blocks are even better then regular ice - they don't melt and drown the eels.
Just wrap em in a wet towel
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Old 07-20-2007, 02:15 PM
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Eels need some moisture or they dry out too much and die prematurly, if you use the plastic ice packs,keep a spray bottle of water handy, and wet them from time to time, if you have bulk quantities in a cooler with ice, leave the drain open on the cooler, the eels wont move off the wet towel., once they are numbed... the remaining 1/2"of ice water in the cooler can be used to baste them...


If your using a bucket, have a liner drilled with 1/4" holes, the melted ice will drain through and the water can be sloshed over the eels to keep them moist with a shake of the bucket.
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When you hook these ells do you use #4 or #5 hooks and do you hook them through the mouth, fin, head ???
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