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October 26, 2001

Live-Eel Bait Bucket

Chill your live eels with out suffocating them.

Hooking a live eel can be very challenging unless it's been chilled on ice first. After being hooked and cast overboard, the cool eels bounce right back. Here's an easy bait bucket specially designed for keeping eels on ice.
Start with two plastic 5-gallon buckets such as old drywall plaster or stucco buckets. Cut 3 inches off the bottom of one bucket. Turn the 3-inch bottom section upside down and drill a number of 1/4-inch holes in the bottom to act as a drainage grid.
Place the drilled section upside down in the bottom of the second bucket so the drain grid is at least 3 inches above the bottom of the bucket. Place the eels on the grid and ice on top of the eels. The eels will "hybernate" during transportation to your favorite fishing hole; and, as the ice melts, the water will drip into the bottom of the bucket, keeping the eels from suffocating.
Baltimore, Maryland