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April 23, 2013

Reader Tips: Live Eel Tubes

Know how the eels can tie themselves in knots when brought back aboard?

Straighten Up!

Eastern shore anglers who use live eels to fish for stripers know how the eels can tie themselves in knots when brought back aboard when you decide to relocate to a new spot. To keep unruly baits straightened out, I created live eel tubes inside a 5-gallon bucket. I drilled small holes up and down a few lengths of 1-inch PVC pipe. Then I trimmed the ends of cheap plastic funnels so they fit snugly into the tops of the pipes. I cemented a cap on the bottom of each pipe and attached the pipes to the inside of the bucket with plastic conduit straps. Simply fill the bucket with water and feed the eels into the tubes tail-first whenever you pick up to find a new fishing hole.

Brian Taylor

York Springs, Pennsylvania