Playing a Lake Trout
When a fish is struck it should not be hurried into the boat but played in gradually. As a usual thing, particularly when a hand-line is used, the lake trout will do most of his fighting after being brought within sight of the boat. It will then make swift rushes from side to side or again bore steadily down into deep water. At such times line should be freely given the trout, not reeling in again until the fish stops running or sounding. The fish should never be landed until it is thoroughly played to a finish—a lake trout of good size if prematurely taken into the boat while it is still full of fight will make things exceedingly interesting for the occupants of the craft. The method of deep-trolling with metal lines, with certain variations of tackle to suit the occasion, may be used for other game fishes than the lake trout in the summer months when the hot weather has driven most of them to the deep water—and used with success.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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