Tackle for Eels
The tackle mentioned for suckers is good for the eel, but only one hook, and that a larger one, about No. 1, should be used. It may be baited with a worm or a piece of fish, or any kind of raw meat, for the eel is not particular what he eats. He even eats carrion when it can be found in the streams, and for this reason many people will not eat eels. Fish for them on the bottom in deep water. You can also catch them at night if it is dark, but not when it lightning, and you must not build a fire. They are also taken on trot lines or short rods set from the bank, with short strong twine lines and large hooks, baited with pieces of fish. When caught the eel puts up a desperate struggle and for his size he possesses greater strength than any other fish. It is almost impossible for a strong man to hold in his bare hands an eel weighing but a pound and a half, for he squirms, winds his body about your wrists, and kicks as no other fish can. It is best to wear a woolen or canvas glove when handling them, as they are more easily held then.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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