FOOLING THE SMALL MOUTHS
By BASS FISHERMAN
While bass fishing in a small stream in the Middle West, Butler County, Ohio, to be more explicit. I was bothered by having the bass make exceptionally long runs with the bait (was using soft crawfish), with the resent trouble of having the line foul and losing strike after strike. After having lost about a dozen fish in this manner on each of two consecutive afternoons’ fishing, and not being able to connect in any manner that I tried. I started to study the situation with the idea of putting one over on Mr. Small Mouth.
After considering and rejecting several plans I finally evolved this idea. Being a bait caster as well as live bait fisherman, I had in my tackle box a small spoon with one treble hook. On my next try for bass in the long hole I took this treble hook and a spool of silk thread with me. Procuring z nice bucket of craws I commenced operations by impaling the craw close to the body with one hook of the treble, binding the tail to the shank with a few turns of silk thread. The first cast was productive of a strike. Keeping my thumb on the reel I waited until the tip of the rod started to bend—then struck with the result Mr. Bass was hooked fair in the mouth and after a nice fight creeled. Eleven more followed suit. This little kink netted me twelve out of thirteen strikes.
The thirteenth bass was such a good one that he carried the hooks off with him. While it is customary to use one hook in bait fishing. I do not believe that this can be considered unsportsmanlike. I do not think that it was so much the three- hook feature that netted good results as the manner of presentation of the bait. While I do not employ this kind of means ordinarily it did the trick when all other methods failed in a peculiar circumstance.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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