We have heard a ton of good things about American Eel. We were excited to eat it.
After photographing this eel, we quickly killed it and skinned it. Skinning eels is really easy, simply cut the fish around the the head and hold it by the mouth with a pair of pliers. Some people nail them to trees, but we decided that was a bit much.
Once the eel has been cut all the way around grab the skin with another pair of pliers and pull hard. The skin will come off like an old sock. Some people make leather out of the eels skin, feel free to to that and let us know how it goes!
After bringing the eel back to Dave's house we chopped it into manageable pieces rolled it in flour and seasoning and fried it in hot oil. This is what was recommended by pretty near everyone we talked to and the eel smelt yummy. People also warned us that the eel would squirm in the pan, and to our dismay that didn't happen.
After the fish was thoroughly cooked we dove in. Clay got the tail and Dave chose a more interior piece.
As our title indicated we were really disappointed, The eel was tough and flavorless, what a shame, this may be a fish we need a re-do on, maybe a real eel chef could cook one up for us sometime.