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Frank Forrester's Fishermens' Guide



Containing descriptions of popular fishes and their habits, preparation of baits, etc.; with a list of tools used in fishing; making it the most complete work on the subject yet published.

TitleFrank Forrester's Fishermens' Guide
AuthorFrank Forrester
PublisherAdvance Publishing Company
Year1855
Copyright1855, Frank Forrester
Frank Forrester's Fishermens' Guide Book Cover

A Manual For Professional And Amateur Anglers.

-Tools For Fishing
Rods. Fishing rods are now usually made from the bam boo, the Calcutta reed, or of ash wood, as it is neces sary they should be made light, tough, and pliable The butts are frequently made of maple...
-Baits
The common angle-worm is a universal bait for fresh water angling. They grow almost everywhere except in sandy soils. The common white grub is also used successfully in trout fishing. They are found i...
-The Salmon
This most delicious of fish sometimes grows to an immense size for a frequenter of fresh water. Some isolated specimens in Scotland are said to have attained from seventy to eighty pounds. The usual l...
-The Trout
Trout, which are caught in the numerous running streams of the United States, vary in color, appearance and size with the quality of the soil pertaining to the streams they inhabit. They generally hav...
-Perch
There are four distinct specimens of this fish inhabiting American waters, viz.: the Common Perch, the Yellow Perch, the White Perch, and the Black or Red Perch. The Common Perch is of brown olive tin...
-The Sun-Fish
This is a small yellow and brown fish, with colors similar to the yellow perch, but without the shades - fins tinged with scarlet. Its shape is broad and flat like a pumpkin seed, and in some places t...
-Pickerel And Pike
Pickerel are found in almost all the fresh waters of the United States. They are a sort of miniature fresh water shark, preying upon every living thing that they can master. This fish is very similar ...
-The Striped Bass
This excellent fish is found all along the Atlantic coast, from Florida to Maine. It inhabits the rivers, bays, inlets and creeks; and is taken in great abundance, particularly in the Chesapeake Bay a...
-The Oswego Bass, And Black Bass
There are two distinct species of the black bass, which are so near alike that it is hard to distinguish one from the other, unless they are together. The observable difference then is, that the Osweg...
-The Red-Fish Or Spotted Bass
This is a Southern fish, being caught in nearly all the inlets of the Atlantic below Baltimore, and in those of the Northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico. At these latter points he is called the red-f...
-The Mackinaw Trout, Or Salmon Trout
This is a fish of excellent flavor, and some people consider it fully equal to salmon. The flesh is reddish, and hence it is often called the salmon trout. The color is dark or dusky grey, back and si...
-The Black Trout
This is a fish rather coarse in flesh; but in outward appearance it resembles the black bass of the Northern lakes. His back is very dark, and the sides gradually grow lighter around to his belly, whi...
-The Cat-Fish
This is a fresh water bottom fish found in streams and ponds all over the United States. There are several kinds of them, which vary in size from a couple of inches in length up to those monsters of t...
-The Hake
This is an Irish salt water fish, similar in appearance to the tom cod. In Galway bay, and other sea inlets of Ireland, the hake is exceedingly abundant, And is taken in great numbers. It is also foun...
-The Sea Bass And Porgy
These salt water fish are caught in immense quantities in the vicinity of New York bay on what are called the Fishing Banks. In the summer months, which is the time for fishing them, steamboats are da...
-The White Bass
This is a very fine fish, somewhat resembling the white perch, though larger. It is found in the lakes of Northern New York, and also in some of the more Western lakes. Its back is dark, with white si...
-The White Or Silver Perch
This fish is very plentiful in the Harlem river, New York city, and is also taken in some of the Long Island ponds, as well as in the Hudson river, in the Schuylkill, and in many of the streams of Con...
-The Smelt
In the United States this fish seldom exceeds ten inches in length, and the usual size is from five to eight inches. In South America they grow to the length of two feet, are semi-transparent, and are...
-The Yellow Pike Perch
The color and appearance of this fish show it to be a true perch, though its form and habits are like the pike, or pickerel. Its back is of a yellowish olive, the sides lighter, but mottled with black...
-The Chub
This fish is not very common, and being exceedingly timid and scary, is seldom taken except by experienced anglers. He is found in the streams and ponds of Western Massachusetts, in Otsego Lake, N. Y....
-The Sucker
There are a great many different species of the sucker, and some of them will not bite or nibble at any bait whatever. He is usually a white silvery fish with dark spine, and a peculiar puckery mouth....
-Buffalo Carp, Or Perch
This is an inhabitant of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Ohio rivers, and is also found in some of the other large rivers of the West. He resembles the salt water porgy in appearance, though in reality...
-The Weak-Fish, Or Wheat Fish
This is a sea-fish found only in Northern waters chiefly those of New York and Massachusetts. The head and back is of dark brown color, with a greenish tinge. The sides are of a faint silvery hue, wit...
-The Muskellunge, Or Lake Pike
This inhabitant of the St. Lawrence, and the Northern and Western lakes, grows from one to three feet in length, according to the breadth of water that he is found in. Built like a pike, he is of a de...
-Trolling For Blue Fish
The blue-fish is taken exclusively in salt water, and only through the three summer months, at which time he comes in from the sea. They are generally fished by trolling, though in some places on Long...
-The Pollock
This is a salt water fish of beautiful appearance and singularly elegant shape. It is taken all along the Northern Atlantic coast, from Long Island to Newfoundland. From its agility and fine form, the...
-The Cunner, Or Sea Perch
The Cunner, or nipper (so called from their nipping bite) is a sea fish found all along the Atlantic coast, from Delaware Bay to Newfoundland. They are caught most plentifully near rocky shores, and a...
-The King-Fish Or Barb
This is a salt water fish sixteen or eighteen inches in length, and weighing from one to two pounds. His haunts are very uncertain, and habits little known. In color he is of a bluish light brown, wit...
-The Eel
Every kind of eel is spawned in salt water, and the young ones generally begin to run up the fresh water streams as early as April, though when spring is backward they do not start until May. The youn...
-The Flounder
This is an odd-looking fish, his belly being on one side and his back on the other. He is shaped something like the sun-fish or pumpkin seed, and on the edges, where the belly and back of an ordinary ...
-The Cod Fish
This salt water fish is caught is great abundance in the vicinity of Boston, Massachusetts, and on the Great Banks. It swims in immense schools, and is very easily taken. In the spring the cod will bi...
-The Sheepshead
This is one of the very best of salt water fish, and like many others, only visits shore in summer. The time for fishing him is from the first of June until the middle of September. The Sheepshead is ...
-The Black Fish
This fish was called the tautog by the Indians. It is caught in the vicinity of Massachusetts and New York Bays, in Long Island Sound, and in nearly all the inlets of Rhode Island. Of late years, blac...
-The Mackerel
This fish is seldom sought after by amateur anglers, for the reason that he does not frequent bays or inlets, but is found only in the broad ocean. He is nevertheless a game fish, and his capture affo...
-Shark, And Devil Fishing
Shark fishing is a stupendous sport resorted to by persons who have a hankering after excitement. Parties who go on shark-fishing expeditions, engage a vessel for the purpose, together with experience...
-Take Care Of Your Tools
The American Angler's Guide gives the following precautions relative to the care of rods and lines: When the fishing season is over, your rod should not be thrown carelessly by, but be cleaned, nicely...
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