Live eels are used by anglers throughout the species’ range, and with good reason. Quite simply, the fish love slurping them down. Eels can be drifted or trolled, and fished deep with weight or suspended high in the water column under a float. However, they aren’t always a pleasure to fish with. Those slimy eels are very tough to get a grip on; they sometimes tie themselves – and your leader – into knots; and they can be expensive. When toothy bluefish are around, the cost of eels even more of an issue, since it’s common to feel a tug and then reel up half an eel. And remember that generally speaking, eels are only effective when there are naturally-occurring eels in the area at the same time of year.