BRIGHTENING THE A LURE
By H. E. NEUMANN
About five miles above our city the Rock River is rather shallow with a gravelly bottom. It is well stocked at this point with small-mouth black bass, but the carp have also found their way here and in consequence the water is not as clear as it was in former years. This fact necessitates the use of a bright bait when casting.
One of the most successful baits in use here is a Phantom Minnow, but the anglers soon found that the color on the Phantom did not last very long and the problem has been to find a way of refinishing them. Our first trial was with aluminum paint, which wore off very quickly. Then we tried silver leaf with sizing and aluminum color in size, with almost similar results.
Finally I hit upon the idea of varnishing the minnow with a good spar varnish and after about half an hour, when the varnish had become tacky, covering it with a piece of tinfoil cut to size. This is brighter than the original minnow and does not come off. It also adds a slight weight, which is a desirable feature with this bait and, best of all, it gets the bass.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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