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.

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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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    73 Discussions


    5 years ago

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

    1 reply
    Lord Zakarya

    3 years ago

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


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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:


    4 years ago

    Can you use a pillow case?


    5 years ago on Introduction

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    Josehf Murchison

    6 years ago on Step 4

    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.

    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

    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