December 5, 2011.


From the John Barnes Collection.


November 6, 2011. From Jayne Fentress.

William (Billy) R. Fentress Jr.
Albert White April 1988
My husband and Albert use to do this years ago. Eeling years ago was done quite a bit and I feel is a part of the heritage of the island. I thought it might be interesting for some children to see the eels being dumped out of the pots and to also see what an eel pot looks like.
Billy said that the season for eels was: spring and fall. Storage - They were stored in a large wooden box which they kept overboard with wire at both ends so that water could flow through to keep the eels alive. Most of the boxes were 4 feet wide x 8 feet long and about a foot and a half deep. Bait - They used crab, shad, carp for bait but the best bait was horseshoe crabs. They often bought them from Cape Charles and Chincoteague, Virginia. Sold - Tanker trunks would come to the island equipped with pumps to aerate the water to keep the eels live. Destination - Most of the eels sold here in the United States ended up going over seas to foreign countries. Billy said that when he sold to the eel man, it was usually about 5 other men there to sell as well.

December 5, 2011. From the KI Junior Historian Assoc.