One more time
Here's what I use:
90# Spro swivel (the tiny one)
Tied to 4' of 30# quality fluorocarbon leader
5/0 or 6/0 depending on the size of the eels Gami Octopus hook
I keep a few leaders pretied and labeled in small ziplock bags in a leader wallet
The leader is tied to the running line and replaced when scraped or nicked or after a bigger fish puts undue strain on it
If there's too much current to get the eel to the bottom I'll put the lightest possible egg sinker required on the main line in front of the leader
All knots are palomars, the hooks are snelled on. If you can't tie a good snell then use a Palomar (I've never trusted the "fast" snell knot, they like to unwind)
The eel is hooked up through the bottom of the jaw and out the eye socket
They work almost as well dead as alive.
I prefer 1 to 4 oz rated medium action rods
I use both spinning and conventional reels
Most spinning reels have 20# Fireline on em
All conventionals have Berkley Stealth braid on em
I like 6500 size Abu's with levelwind
Each eel is placed in it's own sandwich sized ziplock bag
The bags are all placed in the main pouch of an Aquaskinz belt pouch
A small frozen plastic ice block is placed in with em, helps keep the eels calm.
Hook em right through the bag and pull through (take your garbage out with you!!!)
Rod tip high, when a fish picks up the eel lower the tip to point straight at it, the moment you feel weight cross his eyes.
If your using circle hooks lift gently (that's a whole 'nuther thread)