A FISH BAG
By W. DOWLIN
I have discarded fish stringers. I use a fish bag of my own manufacture instead. I find it to be handy and humane. I take a gunny sack and run a hem around the mouth about one inch in width. Leave a slit in them through which to run the rope.
Take a piece of slight sash cord about six feet in length and tie a knot at one end and run the other end through a seine float and then through the hem in the bag, bringing the end out through the slit and pass the end through the float in the opposite direction, then pass the end through another float and tie a knot in the end of the cord. The cord should be the right size to work snugly in the float. To fasten the bag draw the loose end of the cord through the float next to the bag. It is then impossible to open it from the inside. It is easily opened by drawing the cord through from the inside. By using this bag you can keep your catch in the water all the time. When you stop to fish a pool drop the bag into the water and the loose float will show you where your catch is at all times and you can keep it near you. When you are ready to start home fill the bag with grass or leaves and dip in the water. The filling will hold enough moisture to keep the fish alive a long time. In this way you will preserve the flavor of the fish. A fish should never be killed till it is ready to be dressed for the pan.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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