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"Eel of Fortune" is a reality series on Animal Planet, which has found its next big catch — this time, though, it's the not the size that matters. The series follows teams of New England fisherman as they search for the elusive elver eel, a lucrative fish that is a delicacy across many Asian countries. The price of elver eels, once at $50 per pound, has skyrocketed this season to an unprecedented $2,400 per pound.

Elver eels — which look almost like cellophane noodles — may be tiny but they are a hot commodity in Asian markets and can bring a potential windfall to those few lucky fishermen who can obtain a permit in Maine. "Eel of Fortune" will capture the outrageous adrenaline rush and sleepless nights of eelers as they embark on their daily journey to capture as many elver eels as they can. Maine is one of two states where elver eel harvesting is legal (the other being South Carolina). The stakes are high — with potential hauls between $20,000 and $40,000 in one night. But the competition to catch these slippery fish is fierce. Only 400 men can obtain an annual license to fish elver eel in Maine, producing some of the most passionate and determined fishermen competing for the hottest fishing spots.

The series features some of the most interesting characters on the hunt today amid high tide and a full moon. Invisible, deep holes, slippery rocks, northern terrain and frigid waters are a few of these fishermen's natural daily encounters. With a short two-month fishing season between March and May, these guys will do anything it takes to find as many of these active night crawlers as they can while fending off an increasing number of poachers.

"Eel of Fortune" is being developed by Animal Planet's Kurt Tondorf and Todd Weiser and executive produced for Left/Right Productions by Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver.


Network: Animal Planet
Genre: Reality
Premiere Date: 2013
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Left/Right Productions

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