1) The ‘stick’ was a quantity of eels, although in later references ‘stick-eels’ may have been the smaller fish (OED).

Numbers of eels were often part of tenancy agreements: 1417 pro ij mesuagiis cum uno crofto duobus bovatis terre ... viij centenis anguillarum vocatis stykell vel xvjs, Stork, Beverley.

places Beverley
dates 1417

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