<font color='#000000'>they are a good bait for certain fish, including Bass - some famous person (I think it was John Wilson?) caught a 10lb Bass out of Bradwell or Lowestoft, when using eel section for Tope.
People who use pieces of them for Tope insist they are much more effective if fresh i.e. freshly killed just before use; even better than if chilled a few hours before and the body cared-for as well as possible up until use.
If you can prevent them tangling your trace they also make a good live bait - much used in USA for Striped Bass
Luckily, they are not a good bait for Dogfish (which is why Tope anglers use them rather than Mackerel, when they can)</font>
In the Thames Estuary especially, eel section is THE tope bait. Less effective further down the South Coast by what I've heard. However, Freak has the right of it. The European Eel is in deep trouble, best to leave them be. Recent publications from a Dutch group suggest that the adults have very high levels of pollutants in the flesh, PCB, or dioxin, or something. Can't quite remember, I was skim reading it. Levels correlated with fertility. The GOOD news was that to do the research, they first had to get the eels to spawn in captivity. First time it's been done and opens up the possibility that they could be farmed, or at least rescued if wild breeding continues to decline :clap3:
if the japs did not eat elvers there still be a good stock of eels but there methords for catching elvers is so good maybe we might see eels become a thing of the parst so come on boys save the eels kill the japs
i do a bit of eel fishing and agree they are becoming more scarce,so if you catch one please put it back unless you want to eat it....a note of caution,if you have a cut be careful of eel blood as it is poisonous unless cooked:blink: