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On fishing with children
“…supply them with a light bamboo rod, and attach at a joint one third from the top end a very fine silk or linen line. Wind it a few times round the rod, and cast two half hitches over the top end.
Then affix a float according to the depth of the water, so that the bait will sink within six inches of the bottom. About a foot above the hook fasten to the line from one to three split shot.
Let the hook be the minnow size, and make the bait a piece of angle-worm dug the day previous, and laid in moss or green grass over night to scour. If for small fresh-water fishes, it should merely cover the point of the hook. Never bait with the head of the worm ; always break that off and throw it in the water.
Sometimes it is best to take an extra supply of worms, and cut some of them into small pieces. These to throw into the fishing-pool to attract the fishes to the place where you intend angling. The liver of any animal is also good halt for sunfish, shiners, chubs, dace, etc."
- Sydney Buxton