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could wish: He goe and observe your directions.
Look you, Master, what I have done; that which joyes my heart; caught just such another Chub as yours was.
Pise. Marry, and I am glad of it: I am like to have a towardly Scholer of you. I now lee, that with ad vice and practice you wil make ari Angler in a short time.
FiatMutMaster, Whatif Icould not have found a Grajhopper?
Pis. Then I may tel you, that a black Snail, with his belly flit, to shew his white; or a piece of soft cheese wil usually do as wel; nay, sometimes a worm, or any kind of fly; as (tie Ant-fly, theFlejh-fly, or Wall-fly,or the.Dor orBeetle, (which you may find under a Cow-turd) 01 a5<?^,whichyouwilfindin the same place, and in time wil be a Beetle', it is a short white worm, like to, and bigger then a Gentle;or a Cod-worm,
or or CaJe-ivorm:any of these wil do very wel to fish in such a manner. And ifter this manner you may catch a Trout: in a hot evening, when as you walk by a Brook, and shal see or bear him leap at Flies, then if you get a Grajhopper , put it on your hook, with your line abouttwoyards long, standing behind a bush or tree where his hole is, and make your bait stir up and down on the top of the water; you may, if you stand close, be sure of a bit, but not sure to catch him, for he is not a leather mouthed fish: and after this manner you may fish for him with almost any kind of live Flie, but especially with a Grajhopper.
Fiat. But before you go further, I pray good Master, what mean you by a leather mouthed fish.
Pise. By a leather mouthed fish, I mean such as have their teeth in their throat, as the Chub or Cheven, and so the Barbel, the Gudgion and E 4 Carp, Carp, and divers others have; and the hook being stuck into the leather or skin of such fish, does very seldome or never lose its hold: But on the contrary, a Pike, a Pearch, or Trout, and so some other fish, which have not their teeth in their throats, but in their mouthes, which you (hal obierve to be very full of bones, and the skin very thin, and little of it: I say, of these fish the hook never takes so sure hold, but you often lose the fish unless he have gorg'd it.
Fiat. I thank you good Master for this observation; but now what shal be done with my Chub or Che~ ven that I have caught.
Pise. Marry Sir, it shall be given away to some poor body, for He warrant you He give you a Trout for your supper; and it is a good beginning of your Art to offer your first fruits to the poor, who will both thank God and you for it.
And now lets walk towards the water again, and as I go He tel you when you catch your nextCÆæÆ, how to dresse it as this was.
vt'at. Come (good Master)I long to be going and learn your direction.
Pise. You must dress it, or see it drest thus: When you have scaled him, wash him very cleane, cut off his tail and fins; and wash him not after you gut him, but chine or cut him through the middle as a salt fish is cut, then give him four or five scotches with your knife, broil him upon wood-cole or char-cole; but as he is broiling; baste him often with butter that shal be choicely good; and put good store of salt into your butter, or salt him gently as you broil or baste him; and bruise or cut verysmal into your butter, a little Time, or some other sweet herb that is in the Garden where you eat him: thus used, it takes a
way way the watrish taste which the Chub or Chevin has, and makes him a choice dish of meat, as you your self know; for thus was that drefs'd, which you did eat of to your dinner.
Or you may (for variety) dress a Chub another way, and you wil find him very good, and his tongue and head almost as good as a Carps; but then you must be sure that no grasse or weeds be left in his mouth or throat.
Thus you must dress him .• Slit him through the middle, then cut him into four pieces; then put him into a pewter dish, and cover him with another, put into him as much White Wine as wil cover him, or Spring water and Vinegar,and store of Salt, with some branches of Time, and other sweet herbs; let him then be boiled gently over a Chafing-dish with wood coles, and when he is almost boiled enough,put