Caring for Your Catch
The nice appearance of your fish when you reach home and display your catch proudly to the members of the family will depend on the way you care for them after catching. The fish should be kept cool and moist, but you should not wet them after they are taken from the water and placed in the creel. The secret of it all is in so fixing the fish that they will retain the moisture on their bodies, and to do this there is nothing better that I know of than the long dark moss growing on the bottom of swift mountain streams, washed free of sand, wrung as dry as possible and put in the basket in such a way that it forms a thick lining. Lay the fish in this nice and straight, all on their backs, and put a layer of the moss over them. You can carry them all day and when you get home and open up the basket you will find the fish firm, cool and moist, with their pretty colors unmarred. I have been thinking of trout fishing when writing this and I realize that the greatest number of fishermen fish where this moss cannot be found. As a substitute, equally good, use large green dock leaves, a good thick lining and they will answer the same purpose. Don't use grass or fern if you can get either of these others, as these spoil the appearance of the fish. If you are on a trip of several days' duration you should dress your catch as soon as possible after catching and pack them in cool, damp moss, back down.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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