Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Voices from the Past: A Novel Pike Bait (1887)

The following blurb comes from the 1887 American Angler, and details a novel kind of pike bait. Note that at the time pike were referred to pickerel. The author was an anonymous "E.S."


Talking of pickerel (Esox), how much they will eat, and what they will eat, reminds me—

I was duck shooting one day. After eating my lunch, I scrunched its covering (a sheet of greasy foolscap) into a base ball resemblance and gave it a toss into the water. It had no sooner struck than it disappeared in the maw of a huge pickerel. Soon there was a flouncing on the surface and a darting to and fro, now a dive under and then a skittering between wind and water, but no go—that chunk of paper remained. The reptilian teeth, for once in the economy of old esox, served a bad purpose—gagged and disgusted, the fish made a rush shoreward, got tangled in the sweet-flag grass, when we pulled out ten pounds of pickerel, foolscap bait and all. Hope no one will ;et a patent on that hook and bait.

-- Dr. Todd

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