Out There: The fish we love to hate

The American eel may be at best a pest to some anglers, but to others it's a worthy opponent with a delicate taste.

Updated: December 27, 2004, 12:13 PM ET
By Keith "Catfish" Sutton |
Special to ESPN Outdoors.com

I recently watched a man land an American eel.

When he set the hook, the angler was pleased with the reaction. The fish surged away, stripping line against the drag. The man grunted and cranked, smiling all the while.

When the 2½-foot fish finally was beached, the man's demeanor abruptly changed. I doubt he could have been more horror-stricken had he landed a 20-foot anaconda. He dropped his rod, ran to his pickup, extracted a .357 revolver and proceeded to plug the "beast." ...

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A fish we love to hate