Do you love big bluegill?
This tiny white fish, with scales of metallic luster, is from two to four inches long, and the best bait-fish in the fresh waters of America. It is found in most of the brooks, rivers, and lakes of the temperate zone.
A greedy biter, it requires only a bit of angle-worm covering the point of a minnow-hook and it may be taken as fast as it can be drawn out with a supple willow wand. While fishing in rivers for black bass, I have moored one end of my boat at the shore, and sat my waiter catching shiners at the shore-end of the craft. Meanwhile, I took black bass with the shiner-bait at the other end.
As a pan-fish, it is the sweetest, most juicy, and delicate of any fish except the golden mullet. When fried to a crisp in olive oil or fresh butter, it forms a mouthful more delicious than any other pan-fish. Many epicures in country places appreciate the delicious shiner. But because it is too insignificant in size to form an object of commerce, inhabitants of cities are innocent of this succulent luxury. But it is as a bait-fish that I would most recommend the shiner, and a bait-can is necessary for keeping it alive." - Sydney Buxton
The man goes fishing with a "waiter?" Imagine that?!