Introduction: Eel Trap

Mmmm eels!!!

Everyone loves a good eel now and then, but it seems they have become something of a rarity in the shops! Most British streams and rivers are "teeming" with eels however, and there are several ways of getting them from out of the water, and into your pot.

Step 1: The Theory

basically, the idea is that a cloth bag, filled with straw/hay/newspaper and bait will attract eels, which chew through the bag and will still be in the bag when you haul it up. Note that the bag MUST be cloth and NOT PLASTIC!

Step 2: What You Need

you will need:

1. A cloth bag, or if you are poor like me, a stolen t-shirt
2. Some hay or straw or newspaper
3. Bait. Can be offal, rabbit blood, your own blood, or a 12lb steak, or a pork chop depending on how much you want to waste your money on something that will end up at the bottom of a river with eels writhing around amongst it.
4. If using a t-shirt, you'll also need some string
5. and scissors or a knife to cut it with
6. somebody who doesnt mind having their arm savaged, or a leather glove, or an ounce of carefulness and common sense. (eels get rather "bitey"

Step 3: What to Do

if using a t-shirt, use the string to tie up the bottom and sleeves.

stuff some hay/straw in, then the bait.

tie up the neck of the bag/t-shirt with around 10yards extra

throw into the water, eels usually prefer warmer water, so look for the areas where the sun hits, also weed or other cover are places where eels lurk.

tie the trailing 10yds of the string to a tree or just push a bit of stick into the ground for an anchor

go home/fall asleep in ditch

return next day and pull up bag

if eels are inside, take them out *carefully!!* and kill them by cutting off their head or bludgeoning it on a rock.

gut, then put guts back inside bag, tie up hole where eel chewed it's way in and throw back in river.

if bag is empty, find a better spot and try again.

Step 4: Cook

many ways of doing this. just fillet like a fish and throw on BBQ, or smoke it, or fry it. Ether way it tastes rather mediocre, but at least you know where it came from ;)

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Lord+Zakarya made it!(author)2016-07-24

I once caught an eel in a minnow trap by accident.

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JamyK1 made it!(author)2015-09-15

Thanks for the info coatesy900! My son and I were crabbing for blue craw crabs and ended catching some nice eels in our crabpot using chicken as bait. We fried them up and they are DELICIOUS! Video of us catching, cleaning and frying them here:

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JordanB4 made it!(author)2015-04-20

Can you use a pillow case?

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Dylzer made it!(author)2014-10-14

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Mattakers made it!(author)2013-10-30

If you are poor how did you upload it to instructables? With your imagination?

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Josehf+Murchison made it!(author)2012-11-20

I like this unfortunately the American eel is protected where I live.
I have caught them on the hook while bottom fishing what a pain getting them off a hook they don’t stop fighting.
Joe

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JACKBARRY made it!(author)2012-10-17

this is not very effective compared to other ways

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madmans+firework+emporium made it!(author)2011-12-23

i use about a meter of 90mm pvc piping with a hole drilled in the middle where i hang the bait sack, an eel usually comes within ten minutes of me placing it in the water whereupon i clamp one hand each side and lift, once the water has drained out through where the bait sack is clamped, move your eel to the beheading board and voila, one trapped eel

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wrestlingsurfbum made it!(author)2011-06-14

AWESOMME i never thought of that me and my friend put the bait inside and tie up all ends the eels bite the cloth and because the way there teeth are they cant get off. our record eel was 4 pounds and almost 3 feet long ill try this tomorrow

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_Scratch_ made it!(author)2010-01-18

your own blood. LOL

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darkmuskrat made it!(author)2008-03-21

please post a pic of eels in a bag :P that would be awesome.

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mcadwell made it!(author)2009-01-25

Eels in a Bag...that sounds like a bad horror movie...like Snakes on a Plane

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Thundertydus made it!(author)2009-02-16

The Sequel to "Tigers on a Bicycle"

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djr6789 made it!(author)2009-02-18

lmao! i cant stop laffin !!!! i wish they wuld make a sequel like that

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Thundertydus made it!(author)2009-09-06

Sharks on a unicycle (The prequel)

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djr6789 made it!(author)2009-09-07

or giraffes on a penny farthing LMAO XD (a better prequel ) ;-)

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Thundertydus made it!(author)2009-09-07

Tarantulas on a skateboard

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Gamernotnerd made it!(author)2009-09-07

Mountain Lions in a Minivan

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djr6789 made it!(author)2009-09-07

elephants in the worlds smallest car ;)

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Gamernotnerd made it!(author)2009-09-08

Owls in a Smart Car

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djr6789 made it!(author)2009-09-09

when will this horror end :O

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Gamernotnerd made it!(author)2009-09-09

Spiders in a Loafer.

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djr6789 made it!(author)2009-09-09

snakes on a plane :O oh wait someone beet me to it damn! lol

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Thundertydus made it!(author)2009-09-09

Scorpions on a rollerskate

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Gamernotnerd made it!(author)2009-09-10

Pandas on a Paraglider!

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djr6789 made it!(author)2009-09-11

humans in a car

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mcadwell made it!(author)2009-09-12

"Humans in a car"...methinks you won this round.

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djr6789 made it!(author)2009-09-14

dam straight !

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Thundertydus made it!(author)2009-09-09

Kittens on a pocketbike

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bubba+j made it!(author)2009-08-19

a scary horror movie would be if the had yo mammas face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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kinawera made it!(author)2009-01-27

Dealing with Slime, From Eels, Their Care and Maintenance by J.R Wood.

"Eels produce slime but only when they are taken out of the water. The slime keeps their skin wet. You can avoid the slime-slip by;

A) Harvesting your eels in the water, right beside them, cheek by jowl, as it were

or;

B) a length of pantihose placed over your hand allows you to easily grab your opponent. This is a most remarkable method and works for all fresh water fishies.

Section 1.5.8, part C: Slime and its aftermath.

Eel slime is stinky. Not really fishy, just sort of manky/muddy, like Fungus the Bogeyman's armpit. Cure:

Toothpaste. Toothpaste is the only substance that will remove the stench from your hands. Wash as with soap. Do not use the eel slime on your teeth.

Cooking of eel;

Smoked is the best I think especially with some nicely flavoured branches. Every other method makes you realise why there are so many eels thriving in nature.

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Draxis made it!(author)2009-09-12

Hey! Fungus the Bogeyman! I loved that book!

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GorillazMiko made it!(author)2008-03-22

I've never eaten eels before... what do they taste like? Nice job!

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kill-a-watt made it!(author)2008-03-22

Eel is my favorite type of sushi. It's not raw, so people who ain't gonna try raw fish might like it. It's hard to describe, but it's not anything like chicken.

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chriskarr made it!(author)2008-12-30

You've gotta' love how it feels kinda' like it's stinging your tongue. It just sucks that eel sushi is so dang expensive!

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Foxtrot70 made it!(author)2009-09-11

ARGH! I now what you mean it's so difficult to find good hagus in the states these days! Lamb's stomaches are difficult to find!

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CrystalStranger made it!(author)2009-01-21

The tongue stinging sensation actually isn't from the eel- it's from the Sansho (japanese pepper) that is used as a spice in curing the Unagi. You can buy Sansho at asian markets and use it to make any food tongue numbing, there are a lot of Taiwanese dishes that use a lot of Sansho with real spicy sauces to be hot and tongue numbing at the same time- a real strange sensation to eat!

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turps made it!(author)2008-03-21

Wouldn't it be better to kill it by chopping off its tail? I thought there brain was in their tail?

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kinawera made it!(author)2009-01-27

Eels have nerves all along their body, and so you can chop them into many pieces, each of which will writhe separately for quite some time. In fact, you can cut off their heads and their mouths still react to stimulus. This means a detached head will clamp shut on anything you place in it. Small enough to fit in your pocket too! It should be noted this is cruel to the animal, which is why supermodels often parade down catwalks wearing replica hollowed-out eels instead of luxurious (but bleeding) arctic foxes. (Yes. I had trouble making friends at school).

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watermelon made it!(author)2008-03-04

...what, no pics of squirmy eels being pulled out of the water, cut into pieces and thrown on the fire...? This is the very reason you do not want to be buried at sea.. ...yuck!

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Tool+Using+Animal made it!(author)2008-03-21

I'd rather be eaten by eels, than hermetically sealed in aluminum to liquefy.

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chriskarr made it!(author)2008-12-30

I'd rather be sealed in a coffin of gold with a purge of nitrogen (gas) and a meter that displays when the P/B (parts-per-billion) of oxygen rises too high. Said meter would trigger a tank of gas that would be replaced by my relatives for the rest of eternity. The gas would be constantly too low in oxygen content for me to decompose and, therefore, I would never 'liquefy'. Plus, if you believe in Christianity, then you know that it says in Revelations that at the end of time the dead will walk the Earth. I'd rather look like an old man than a pile of bones. Oh, and, also, I'd prefer a release button on the inside of the coffin, just in case I woke up, somehow, inside. Or, in other words, the coffin would be supplied with dehydrated air for 48 hours, just in case I was still alive or given a second chance. If that didn't happen, then I would suffocate from lac of oxygen. Yes, I want to live forever, too, but that's not realistic.

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Tool+Using+Animal made it!(author)2009-01-02

Sorry, anaerobic decomposition is MUCH worse than aerobic decomposition.

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chriskarr made it!(author)2009-01-02

Crap. That ruins my plans. Thank you for letting me know that my plan wasn't without flaw, though!

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bujo0 made it!(author)2008-03-21

i'm more for the burning atop of mound of sticks myself, wrapped up all cozy in a asbestos blanket

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Brian+Henderson made it!(author)2008-03-22

I prefer going out in a fiery explosion that can be seen for miles. Preferably by my own doing. Mmm, eels.

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_soapy_ made it!(author)2008-08-31

You'd have to send out posters, or everyone would miss it. TUA, you forgot to mention being eaten by eels *after you were dead*. I'd rather not die from CO2 poisioning in a sealed casket, but it sounds better than being eaten alive by eels combined with drowning! bujo, burning hurts. Probably more than you can imagine. Your lungs searing, your flesh sending screaming messages to your brain that it's too damned hot, hotter, HOT! Worst choice here. I intend to live forever. So far, so good.

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reeding made it!(author)2008-03-21

im pretty cool with being a target for javelin throwers at the olympics

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chriskarr made it!(author)2008-12-30

I thought about saying something, but I decided not to. So, I guess, I changed my mind twice and, if you count the first time, three times. It's amazing how random and confusing one message can be, isn't it?

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Kilsmer made it!(author)2008-11-26

if you get a large bucket and wade into a (shallow) stream and scoop up a load of silt of the bottom of the stream you sometimes get eels that way, i accidentaly caught a few one time when i was catching tadpoles for a biology project in school.

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