Maryland, Its Resources, Industries and Institutions; Prepared for the Board of World's Fair Managers of Maryland

Maryland, Its Resources, Industries and Institutions; Prepared for the Board of World's Fair Managers of Maryland

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...supposed to mistake them for these animals; but as they will chase and snap at any small object which is drawn rapidly through the water near the surface, there is no reason to suppose that they mistake the lead for any specific animal. The chief supply of bay mackerel for our market is caught with gill nets, or is trapped in pounds. An ordinary gill net is a long loose-meshed net, with floats and sinkers, which is set for a few hours across the path of fishes which run against it, and becoming entangled in the meshes, are held captive until the net is drawn. Unsuspicious fish which follow regular paths, such as the shad, are caught in abundance in this simple way, but the mackerel has no path, and when in its hunting excursions after other fishes, it meets with an obstruction in its way, it is much more likely to jump over it, or to dart off in another direction than to run its nose into the meshes of a gill net, and in order to catch them it is necessary to use two or three nets and to arrange them in such a way that they shall form a trap so that the fish shall strike and become entangled in one of them as it darts away from the others. Two parties of fishermen with two boats and two nets usually fish together, and divide the fish equally. One net is set perpendicular to the line of the shore, to turn the fishes out into the deep water. Across the outer end of this a second net is placed, so that it forms the top bar of a capital letter T, with its ends very much turned down, to intercept the fishes which have been turned aside by the leading net. There are many ways of setting the second net. It may be placed in a circle open in the line of the first net, or it may form a triangle or three sides of a square, or it may be arranged irregularly, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 214 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 390g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236634586
  • 9781236634580