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eel fishing

On 26 Jun 2015 at 4:19pm popeye wrote:
Now I know that if you catch an eel while fishing in the river you have to return it as it is an endangered species. At the moment I am sea fishing in Cornwall off a Harbour wall and have caught two eels weighing aprox 2 pound each. I returned them to the sea as I was not quite sure if these come under an endangered species. I had a word with the harbour master and he is certain they don't so can anyone enlighten me. You might wonder why I would have liked to keep them, well jellied eels used to be my favourite but I don't want to break any laws.
On 26 Jun 2015 at 4:46pm Olive Oil wrote:
Yay! A post that's not about ice cream!
On 26 Jun 2015 at 6:53pm Mick Brown wrote:
Hi to people of lewes why don't you have ell ice cream.Love from an ex lewes resident.
On 26 Jun 2015 at 6:54pm Bluto wrote:
Them eels is like swans yew can't catch em
On 26 Jun 2015 at 7:00pm Mick Brown wrote:
Hi when I lived in lewes, you could fish all day & night for them
On 26 Jun 2015 at 7:44pm xplorer1 wrote:
Popeye - eels have suffered a massive decline, due to an epidemic of an internal parasite and accumulation of PCBs (I believe) in their body oils. All freshwater catches must be returned. Silver eels, caught in the sea, are on their way back to the Sargasso to spawn, and must also be released, by law. Conger eels are not affected. Googling "UK silver eel release" brings up good links on the subject
On 26 Jun 2015 at 7:45pm Country Boy wrote:
Goodness, how things have changed. When I was a lad, you couldn't use a worm on the bottom without pulling out an eel.
On 26 Jun 2015 at 7:52pm is the plural of elver wrote:
Elvis ? Uh Hu
On 26 Jun 2015 at 7:53pm Popeye wrote:
Thankyou xplorer1 that's all I wanted to know. I did not know if they were a different species of eel and not protected. Like I said earlier I asked the Harbour Master, some boat fishermen and the local angling shop and they all said they had never heard about a ban on catching eels caught in the sea. Still its better to be safe than sorry.
On 26 Jun 2015 at 8:00pm xplorer1 wrote:
Yes I know. As a kid I lived near a stream, Roath Brook, that joined the river Rhymney that flows into the Bristol Channel near Cardiff. Every year it turned black with elvers heading upstream - we'd fill jamjars with them. Now they're like hen's teeth.
On 27 Jun 2015 at 12:24am Border Control wrote:
slippery buggers eels !!
On 29 Jun 2015 at 8:29am sceptic wrote:
I think there must have been a shortage way back, because in church the other day they were singing " there was a green eel far away"

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