WITH THE SPEAR
Last spring I went fishing about the first day the ice was off the creek and caught a large fish, which gave me the fishing fever. That spring the law allowed us to spear for a few weeks, that is certain fish, so every night there was twenty to thirty men and boys down to the creek with spear and lantern; and I was usually there? But we never caught very many.
But the night I wish to tell about was pitch dark and it was raining hard.
I rode my wheel and carried a lantern, spear and bag. I was going to meet a fellow who lived about a half mile from the creek. But when I got there he was so drunk he could hardly stand up, so I went down alone. It was so dark I could not see my hand in front of my face; but leaving my wheel at the house I walked across lots and happened to hit the creek right where I wanted to go, although I had never been that way before. As soon as the light from the lantern showed in the creek, I could hear fish jumping in the riffles.
Well, I never saw so many fish in all my life. And I was in sole possession of the creek that night, as it was too rainy for the other fellows.
I could have got a whole cart load of them; but only took ten good big ones. When I left my wheel at the house it was 9.15, and I was back home, having three miles to ride, at ten o'clock. I thought that was going some.
Well, I will close by saying that this fall I got the trapping craze and bought two dozen traps, No. 1 Victors and a shotgun, single barrel hammerless .12 gauge. For game we have rabbits and pheasants. I shot twelve rabbits and two pheasants.
Orleans Co., N. Y.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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