Ellsworth, Maine (NEWS CENTER)--Maine's fishing industry has taken a turn toward the tropics. Eels from the Bahamas travel thousands of miles to make their way into Maine streams and fisherman are making top dollar reeling them in.
The Elver fishing season is short, starting on March 22nd and ending on June first but the payoff's have hit all time highs.
Dealers who buy the eels from fishermen say the going rate is 1750 dollars a pound. This season some fishermen have been netting five to ten pounds of the eels a night.
The eels can get reach about five feet in length when mature. Once the eels reach a fresh water stream they stay there until they are ready to go back to the Sargasso Sea to spawn.