This section is from the book "Fishing: When, Where, And How To Fish Without Live Bait", by William Tweedie. Also available from Amazon: Fishing: When, Where And How To Fish Without Live Bait.
Fishing will at least teach you patience and perseverance, and "if at first you don't succeed," to catch fish, you must "try, try, and try again." After all your care and waiting, very much depends upon the hunger of the fish as to their "biting"-
" If they will, they will, depend on't, And if they won't they won't, and there's an end on't;" or there might as well be an end of it just at that time, or in that place.
As to bait, we, of course, shall protest strongly against the use of "live" bait: to thread a living worm on a hook, or to pass a hook through the body of a living fish, as bait, is to us a piece of cruelty which we hope none of our readers will be guilty of; if we thought they would, we should not write another line. "Live" bait is not justified by the pleasure of angling; besides, it is quite unnecessary, for fish can be taken nearly as well, sometimes better, with a bait that has no life in it.
In describing the different sorts of fish which frequent our rivers and lakes, we of course begin with the salmon.