A MINNOW TRAP
Did you ever have a fishing trip result in a failure because you could not get minnows? No doubt many bait fishermen could answer this question in the affirmative. The methods most often employed in catching minnows are seining, trapping, and fishing from the bank with a light pole, thread and minnow hook. Sometimes for one reason or another all three of these methods may fail. For instance, the water may be so clear that the minnows will escape under rocks before the seine reaches them, or chubs may not he biting this luck happened to the writer on a fishing trip while in the Blue Ridge Mountains this summer. It was late summer when all the minnow branches were low and the water clear, a condition that required one to be an expert with the dip net or seine it any minnows were to be landed, while we could always secure some minnows, we could never get a sufficient number to fill our needs and here is where my kink came in handy—and it may come in handy for you some time, too.
We had worn out and patched up our seine until there was a real cause for a “discovery.’ We took an ordinary burlap sack with a barrel hoop in the mouth and placed it in the brook, obstructing the way on each side of it. Then going up stream we would drive the minnows down by wading and thrashing the water with a brush. We found that one man could get more minnows with the sack than two could get with a seine in the same length of time. They would dart under and around a seine but would enter the sack trap readily.
Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.
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