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    Stu Black Guest

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    I've always thought that nobody has ever proved that eels travel over land on their journey to the Sargasso sea, or even seen eels crossing land between waterways. 2 friends have tried to convince me tonight that they've both seen it happen but in different places, they also reckon they've seen eels sunbathing(?) on rocks. I think they were mistaken and that these were snakes they saw.

    Have any of you ever seen an eel cross land?

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    Jason Lennon Guest

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    Have seen it happening mate. Not in real life though, saw it on a tv program, cant remember whos program it was though, either Hatt Mayes or Wohn Jilson.

    I know it does happen, as I found one near my local pond, theres no eels in it, but there was almost one in the pond. Poor thing must have come from the tees, all the way to 200yds from the pond and gave up & died. Either that or it did make it to the pond and some ignorant angler caught it and callously killed it & threw it.

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    Tony Jolley Guest

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    Never seen it my self, But I was told by a angling friend that when he once fished a golf coarse water after a few blank sessions the green keeper asked how he was getting on, And advised him to place his baits on the grass at the edge of the pond, as he said the eels were always coming out the water to feed on the worms and slugs around the edges. I dont think he ever caught a eel that way but he did seen were they had moved in the dew in the morning.
    My brother saw an eel "climb "out of a pond once that was suddenly hit by pollution / effluant,
    There was once a documented case of a 4lb+ eel being "found" alive in damp grass against a boarding wall about 150 meters away from its nearest water, the report was in the Wigan observer a good while back.
    as for eels sun bathing, I think you are right that they may have been grass snakes or Adders.












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    Tony Jolley Guest

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    Never seen it my self, But I was told by a angling friend that when he once fished a golf coarse water after a few blank sessions the green keeper asked how he was getting on, And advised him to place his baits on the grass at the edge of the pond, as he said the eels were always coming out the water to feed on the worms and slugs around the edges. I dont think he ever caught a eel that way but he did seen were they had moved in the dew in the morning.
    My brother saw an eel "climb "out of a pond once that was suddenly hit by pollution / effluant,
    There was once a documented case of a 4lb+ eel being "found" alive in damp grass against a boarding wall about 150 meters away from its nearest water, the report was in the Wigan observer a good while back.
    as for eels sun bathing, I think you are right that they may have been grass snakes or Adders.

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    Tony Jolley Guest

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    sorry about that I dont know what happened there.????

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    Ron Clay Guest

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    I think they were definitely snakes. I don't believe for one minute that eels cross land at night.

    What they do do is go on a walk-about (sorry swim about) during times of flood when they will leave the river and enter a nearby still water where they become stranded when the waters recede.

    They are then left there to grown very big.

    Also, some of them might not feel randy and stay put, eating lots of food and growing big as a result.

    Canals and gravel pits near rivers are perfect places for whopping great snigs.

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    Ian Whittaker Guest

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    I have watched herons successfully hunting for eels in a wet field by the river ribble - not flooded just wet. Also when we used to holiday in Scotland we used to set lines at night to catch eels for bait. One particular line was found in the morning with the eel having buried through grass and taken refuge under a cowpat

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    Tony Jolley Guest

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    Intreasting Ian.
    I tend to lean towards Rons thinking. Also a lot of eels over the years have been moved by anglers, either as bait or for stocking waters.

    I`m not 100% convinced that large eels say over 3lb will climb out of a land locked still water and move miles over damp grass, Only because I haven`t witnessed it.
    But I have heard from anglers who have known nets men who have, through experiance, found that they can actually net eels on land, were the eels can leave the water to cross into drainage ditches very close to were they are leaving from.
    How true this is I don`t know, I`d love to see it my self.

    Eels!. An amazing fish don`t you think?.

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    There is a Dorset clay mine/pit with a shallow pool at the bottom. There are no inlet or outlet streams. The pool is about 100 feet below the rim of the pit. There are no ditches or brooks within 200 yards which is how eels get into other pools. I watched a heron fly in one day and thought he must be hopeful. Took it less than a minute to get an eel. Somehow those elvers must find a way in. There is no flooding.

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    Tony Jolley Guest

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    Hi Mark.
    Are the waters spring fed do you know?,
    As I have thought it could be possible that the elvers reach these "prison waters" through the under ground river / spring systems.Some old mines and the like could be resulted in flooding by such things as springs.
    I remember talking to a guy who worked for the gas board in the Wigan area he told me that on a few occasions the under ground gas mains / man hole covers have resulted in flooding in heavy rains and burst sewers. When the work men have returned overnight they have found eels in the water at the bottom of the inspection chambers.

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