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Fishing for Bluefish

Fishing for Bluefish




      

Fishing for Bluefish


Fishing for Bluefish

The bluefish is the wolf of the sea as it is exceedingly voracious, preying on all kinds of fish smaller than itself. It sometimes grows to a weight of twenty-five pounds but averages about ten. It is found from Nova Scotia southward to the tropics. It may be caught on menhaden or killie bait by fishing from a boat and sometimes a grinder is attached to the side of the boat and one of the occupants grinds fish for bait, letting the minced fish fall into the water. This is called "chumming" and the minced fish attracts the bluefish to the scene. They may be caught by trolling a bone or metal squid at a lively clip. The bait must be kept in rapid motion or the fish will not take it. The squid may be cast from shore beyond the surf, using a stout linen line and a metal leader. The fish when hooked is simply hauled out onto the beach. After the squid is cast it is drawn in rapidly. For rod fishing use a light salt-water rod, and a good sized reel holding 200 yards of No. 12 linen line. Use a three foot metal leader and a 4/0 Sproat or O'Shaughnessy hook. The fish must not be allowed to get any slack line after he is hooked. Young bluefish or snappers as they are called may be caught on trout tackle and No. 4 Carlisle hook by fishing about three feet deep, keeping the bait in rapid motion. The fish run only from six to ten inches long. The best fishing is in early morning.

Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.

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