When I was a kid - there was nothing more fun than an eel fishing expedition.
There was always that excitement - that tonight was the night we would catch a monster fish!
There was the rumour that someone had done battle with a monster - a battle with a fish that had even broken a pitch fork - during the epic battle.
Mostly the large eels were rumoured to come from small drains - adjoining industrial areas - perhaps a ready source of rats for them!?
To prepare an eel is relatively simple - once just needs to skin it and fry it - then chew! These days people cook the skin and all.
A real treat is smoked eel - it is delicious.
And here is a place you can get it - I will try and find more.