The Book of the Pike: A Practical Treatise on the Various Methods of Jack Fishing; with an Analysis of the Tackle Employed--the History of the Fish, & C. Also a Chapter on Spinning for Trout in Lakes and Rivers

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R. Hardwicke, 1865 - 254 pages
 

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Page 212 - A rod twelve feet long and a ring of wire, A winder and barrel, will help thy desire In killing a Pike : but the forked stick, With a slit and a bladder, — and that other fine trick, Which our artists call snap, with a goose or a duck, — Will kill two for one, if you have any luck ; The gentry of Shropshire do merrily smile, To see a goose and a belt the fish to beguile. When a Pike suns himself, and a-frogging doth go, The two-inched hook is better, I know, Than the ord'nary snaring. But still...
Page 150 - He rolls and wreathes his shining body round ; Then headlong shoots beneath the dashing tide, The trembling fins the boiling wave divide. Now hope exalts the fisher's beating heart, Now he turns pale, and fears his dubious art ; He views the tumbling fish with longing eyes, While the line stretches with th...
Page 163 - Beyond it, blooms the garden that I love. News from the humming city comes to it In sound of funeral or of marriage bells; And, sitting muffled in dark leaves, you hear The windy clanging of the minster clock; Although between it and the garden lies A league of grass, wash'd by a slow broad stream, That, stirr'd with languid pulses of the oar, Waves all its lazy lilies, and creeps on, Barge-laden, to three arches of a bridge Crown'd with the minster-towers.
Page 47 - T is not to be doubted but that they are bred some by generation and some not, — as namely of a weed called pickerel- weed, unless learned Gesner be much mistaken ; for he says this weed and other glutinous matter, with the help of the sun's heat in some particular months, and some ponds adapted for it by nature, do become pikes.
Page 178 - Mascall, who, in 1590, presented the world with ' A Booke of Fishing with Hooke and Line, and of all other instruments thereunto belonging...
Page 130 - After being lapped over to within about half-an-inch of the ring, the wire is made to branch out in the shape of a V, the upper points or sides forming a continuation of the ring itself. These sides act as a sort of guard to the ring to throw off the line, if it should curl over, much as the sloping sides of a gate, on a barge walk throw...
Page 212 - Dumfriesshire, kept a gander, who had not only a great trick of wandering himself, but also delighted in piloting forth his cackling harem, to weary themselves in circumnavigating their native lake, or in straying amidst forbidden fields on the opposite shore.
Page 34 - With unsuspecting curiosity master guinea-pig had crept into the dried expanded jaws of the monster, intending, no doubt, to take up his abode there for the night. In endeavouring to get out again he found himself literally hooked. Being a classical guinea-pig, he might have construed 'facilis descensus Averni,' it is an easy thing to get down a Jack's mouth ; '. sed revocare gradum,' &c., but it is a precious hard job to get out again.
Page 95 - DIRECTIONS FOR STAINING GIMP. Soak brass gimp in a solution of bichlorate of platinum, mixed in about the proportion of one part of platinum to eight or ten of water, until it has assumed the colour desired. This will take from a quarter of an hour to two or three hours, according to the strength of the solution, then dry the gimp before the fire, and, whilst warm, with a brush, give it a coat of "lacquer.
Page 30 - My son had scarcely turned himself round when the fish came up behind and immediately seized his other hand crosswise, inflicting some very deep wounds on the back of it ; the boy raised his first-bitten and still bleeding arm, and struck the monster a hard blow on the head, when the fish disappeared. The other boys assisted him to dress, bound up his hand with their handkerchiefs, and brought him home. We took him down to Mr. Brown, surgeon, who dressed seven wounds in one hand ; and so great was...

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