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andhe has replied,//? did but pick the bejl out to be in a readiness againjl he baited his hook the next time: But he has been observed both by others, and my self,to catch more fish then I or any other body, that has ever gone a fishing with him,could do,especially Salmons-, and I have been told lately by one of his most intimate and secret friends, that the box in which he put those worms was anointedwith a drop, or two, or three of the Oil of/uj-&rr/l£\s,madeby expression or infusion, and that by the wormes remaining in that box an hour, ora like time, they had incorporated a kind of smelthat was irresistibly attractive,enough to force any fish, within the smel of them, to bite. This I heard not long since from a friend, but have not tryed it; yet I grant it probable, and refer my Reader to Sir Francis Bacons Natural History, where he proves fishes may hear; and I am certain Gefner sayes, the Otter can smell in the water, and know not that but fish may do so too: 'tis left for a lover of Angling, or any that desires to improve that Art,to try this conclusion.
I shall also impart another experiment (but not tryed by my seise) which I wil deliver in the same words as it was by a friend, given me in writing.
Take the Jlinking oil drawn out of Polypody of the Oak, by a retort mixt with Turpentine, and Hivehoney\and annointyour bait therewith, and it will doubt leffe draw the fiflo to it.
But in these things I have no great faith, yet grant it probable, and have had from some chimical men (namely, from Sir George Haflings and others) an affirmation of them to be very advantageous: but no more of these, especially not in this place.
I might here, before I take my
leave leave of the Salmon, tell you, that there is more then one sort of them, as namely, a Tecon, and another called in some places a Samlet, or by sorae,a Skegger: but these (and others which I forbear to name) may be fish of another kind, and differ, as we know a Herring and a Pilcher do; but must by me be left to the disquisitions of men of more leisure and of greater abilities, then I profess myself to have.
And lastly, I am to borrow so much of your promised patience, as to tell you, that the Trout or Salmon, being in season, have at their first taking out of the water (which continues during life) their bodies adorned, the one with such red spots, and the other with black or blackish spots , which gives them such an addition of natural beautie, as I (that yet am no enemy to it) think was never given to any woman by the Artificial Paint or
PatchPatches in which they so much pride themselves in this age. And so I shall leave them and proceed to some Observations of the Pike.
Pise. T is not to be doubted but I that the Luce, or Pikrell, JL or Pike breeds by Spawning; and yet Gesner sayes, that some of them breed, where none ever was, out of a weed called Pikrell-weed, and other glutinous matter, which with the help of the Suns heat proves in some particular ponds (apted by nature for it) to become Pikes.
in his Hi- Sir FrancisBacon observes thePike uil and to De tne longest lived of any freih Death, water fish, and yet that his life is
not not usually above sortie years; and yet Gesner mentions a Pike taken in Swedeland in the year 1449, with a Ring about his neck, declaring he -was put into the Pond by Frederick the second, more then two hundred years before hewas last taken, as the Inscription of that Ring, being Greek, was interpreted by the then Bishop of Worms. But of this no more, but that it is observed that the old or very great Pikes have in them more of state then goodness; the smaller or middle siz'd Pikes being by the most and choicest palates observed to be the best meat; but contrary, the Eele is observed to be the better for age and bigness.