By Joe Cermele
Pike and muskies have teeth, as do sharks and barracudas. Every anglers knows this, and every once in a while you might catch a news blurb about one of the above nipping at a tourist or slicing up a hand while removing a hook. What you may not think of as being able to inflict real damage is an eel.
Although American eels don't have serious teeth, they have a fair amount fo jaw pressure (just ask a striper fisherman that uses them for bait). Now, if you look at conger eels that can grow to 10 feet and have a mouth full of chompers and five times the jaw pressure of American eels, you have a fish that can take a baseball-sized chunk out of your face. That's what happened to Jimmy Griffin last week while diving in Ireland. Conger eels, by the way, are a major sportfish over in Europe, but they do exist off the U.S. Coast as well.