The Angler's Complete Guide and Companion

The Angler's Complete Guide and Companion

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1881 edition. Excerpt: ...movable leger (by letting out a little line and allowing the water to bag it, and so act broadside on the float, the leger can be shifted); and qualifiedly over the latter, because it is useful in rapid streams, where the traveller, or slide, could hardly be used, or only used with scant satisfaction. Ground-Baits, and how to use them. It is practically useless to try to catch Barbel I without ground-baiting. The ground-baits that are most useful, are, chiefly, worms and greaves. Those next to these in efficacy may be estimated in the order in which they are placed. Grains and bullock's-blood, mixed when both are fresh; gentles, from carrion and unscoured; potatoes and bran; barley-meal; cheese; etc. This is how to use ground-bait. First find out where the fish actually are. Then rake the ground, if possible with a gudgeon-rake, to set free the insects, etc., which, if by some unknown influence--possibly earth-currents of electricity--appeared just when you were fishing, would, by reason of their superior attraction for the fish, prove deteriorating to sport. This done, prepare to bait--let us say with worms. The worms are usually roughly scoured in moss. I take about a quart, at first, and, putting a handful, with some soil and moss and a large stone, in a cabbage net, I let it gently down over board (I am supposing myself in a punt, of course), holding it till the worms are washed out at the head of the swim. This is to be done till about a quart, or rather more, have been turned in the water. By-the-bye, the earliest morning is the time to ground-bait, because the eels have then retired to their beds in the gravel, under stones, etc. Two mornings, at least, the worms should be turned in the water as indicated, and one morning should more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236739442
  • 9781236739445