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    Eel rescue

    We have a large drain/creek that runs down the roadside outside our farm and runs into lake ellesmere a cou0le hundred meters away(guess that's why our road is called Drain Road?!) And with all this dry weather it has dried up with the exception of some water in the large culvert that runs under our gateway. I was just outside and could hear some splashing and comotion going on so chucked the headtorch on and went to investigate and there's about at least 40-50 eels holed up in the small bit of water left under our driveway!
    I feel sorry for the poor buggers but they still put the shits right up me so I was wondering what's the best way to catch them all and release them into the lake?
    I was thinking in the morning I might grab a 200litre drum and 1/4 fill it with water and just start chucking them in. Keeping in mind they are probably bloody hungry am I going to end up with only the bones left on my hand if I start poking round in there grabbing them out?
    I have had a bad experience with an eel when I was younger and they give me the heebie jeebies now haha
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    Good question I will ask the pros tomorrow. I think there might be nets with special mesh as the normal trout fishing ones are a bit rough on them. Could be hard if you don't want to touch them.

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    Grab a possum the tail put it in the water wate for them to grab on and flick em off in the drum?
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    Grab a meaty bone tie a bit of string / cord to it the eels will chew on it , lift them out and into your bin , don't try to shift all of them at once as they will burn up the oxygen in the water, I respect you for making the effort to save the tuna.
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    One shredded finger at a time Ryan.
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    There is or was a Eel fisherman on Petticoat lane,just ask at Jacks service station he used to live between King and Queen street on the left about half way up.

    He will be the most likely guy who might have a suitable net.
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    Get the freshwater folks and NIWA, ECAN or Fish and Game to bring down an electric fishing machine, stun them and pull them out that way?
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    get ya missus on to it
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    Hang your wang in the water and when they bite down flick em into the bucket

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkm View Post
    Get the freshwater folks and NIWA, ECAN or Fish and Game to bring down an electric fishing machine, stun them and pull them out that way?
    You're speaking my language

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    The Fish and Game or DoC would be a start. And if you have a large drum you could freshen their current water supply while you figure it out....

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    Just pull them out with a fishing net. How over complicated does it realy need to be?!
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    Local Iwi would be worth considering, if you know who to contact. The tuna of the lake are very special to them in that region.
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    Let's see how good they can clean up this bugger for me

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    I use to just use a rag dipped in blood or bait juice balled up on the end of a stick to catch them.
    They bite the rag and their teeth would get snagged and just lift them out.

 

 

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