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« on: August 14, 2019, 10:41:24 PM »

Has anyone had any success using salted eel sections on a trotline?
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« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2019, 07:29:45 AM »

Salted eel was the premier bait for years. When they became scarce and more expensive chicken necks became popular. The larger ones never
caught very well. At the end of the day the large ones would still be untouched on the line. I'm afraid the ones you have there are too big.
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« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2019, 09:04:06 AM »

Salted eel was the premier bait for years. When they became scarce and more expensive chicken necks became popular. The larger ones never
caught very well. At the end of the day the large ones would still be untouched on the line. I'm afraid the ones you have there are too big.

They became scarce and more expensive (as bait) because they are considered a delicacy in Europe and Asia and are exported as a food commodity.

That would be like using lobster as bait! lol
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« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2019, 08:57:31 PM »

Has anyone had any success using salted eel sections on a trotline?
They worked in pull traps several decades ago.  Id think that would be fine on a trotline, but you gave it a try and lets us know!
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2020, 03:34:50 PM »

Eels were bait of choice by commercial guys in the 60's.  My father stored his lines in a wood barrel that stayed on the boat. (plastic barrels weren't around then I guess?)  Salt brine in the barrel kept the bait from rotting... well sorta, after a few days it got rank. Fresh bait was was eel from pinky size to thumb size, stored in dry salt. 
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2020, 08:34:39 AM »

I used to use eels when I started out and was lazy but we did a test a couple of times where we would bait the line with alternating chicken every other bait and kept a tally. After 6 trials in a season, over different rivers the FRESH chicken caught better 3 to 1.
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