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A LIVE BAIT CARRIER - click to enlarge



Anyone who has ever engaged in the lively sport of bass fishing realizes how necessary is a variety of bait. With this necessity, however, there arises the question of transportation. While on my vacation last year I determined to overcome this need and having combined my efforts with those of an old timer, I turned out a serviceable carrier. It is about 18 in. long and 12 in. wide and stands about 12 in. high. The top, bottom and all partitions are made of or 4-in. stock and the sides being enclosed with screening makes the box very light and portable.

There are two layers with four sections on a layer, which I filled as follows: In the top section 1 put grasshoppers, crickets, katy dids and dobsons, and in the lower spaces I put sandtoads, striped frogs, green frogs and tree-toads. As I have said, the ceiling and floor of each compartment is made of wood and two of the four walls are also, but the other two are en closed by screening so as to admit air to the bait.

At the top of each section there is a hole large enough to admit a manís closed hand. A piece of tin (A diag.) covers this hole and overlaps it about one-half inch all around. This tin is secured at (A) by a screw, upon which it pivots. To close the cover you snap the tin, which has a small hole opposite A over the eyelet at B, and then push the hook C through the eye B. D is a small knob such as comes on the top of a teapot, riveted through the tin. Then the end is filed off on the underside so as not to interfere with sliding of the shutter. Four shutters similar to the one just described are fastened on the top of the box to admit to the four upper sections. Four others are fastened on the bottom and the four knobs for opening them form legs for the box. When any bait is required from the lower compartments the box is inverted and thus access to them is gained.

The box is carried by a handle, like those used on a camera, which is attached to the top of the carrier. With this box well stocked, I felt capable of being able to tempt any bass.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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