There is always much talk among fishermen about "the big one that got away," so much indeed that the man who tells of losing a big fish is invariably put down as a prevaricator. But it is true nevertheless that it is the big fish that are lost, if I may use the word that way, for, as "Father" Izaaki said, we can't lost what we haven't got. The big fish is harder to hold simply because he is big and strong and the tackle that will easily bring to hand a dozen smaller fish, may give way to the lunges of the big fellow. So you see it really is the big fish that gets away. But if anglers in general would realize that it is the successful landing of the fish rather than luring it into taking the hook, that is the real test of a good angler, there would be fewer of these tales. It is possible to land a very large fish with very light tackle, if it is rightly handled.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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