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and it is thus: Having fastned your hook to aline,which if it be not fourteen yards long, should not be less then twelve; you are to fasten that line to any bow neer to a hole whereaPike is,or is likely tolye,or to have a haunt,and then windyour line on any forked stick,all yonr line, except a half yard of it, or rathermore, and split that forked stick with such a nick or notch at one end of it, as may keep the line from any more of it ravelling from about the stick, then so much of it as you intended; and chuse your forked stick to be of that bigness as may keep the fish or frog from pulling the forked stick under the water till the Pike bites, and then the Pike having pulled the line forth of the clift or nick in which it was gently fastened, will have lineenough to go to his hold and powch the bait: and if you would have this ledger bait to keep at a fixt place,undisturbed by wind or other accidents, which may drive it to the shoare side(for you are to note that it is likeliest to catch a Pike in the midst of the water) then hang a small Plummet of lead, a stone, or piece of tyle, or a turfe in a string, and cast it into the water, with the forked stick to hang upon the ground, to be as an Anchor to keep the forked stick from moving out of your intended place till the Pike
This I take to be a very good way, to use so many ledger baits as you intend to make tryal of.
Or if you bait your hooks thus, with live fish or Frogs, and in a windy day fasten them thus to a bow or bundle of straw, and by the help of that wind can get them to move cross a Pond or Mere, you are like to stand still on the shoar and see sport, if there be Pikes; or these live baits may make sport,being tied about the body or
any store of wings of a Goose or Duck, and she chased over a Pond: and the like may be done with turning three or four live baits thus fastened to bladders, or boughs, or bottles of hay, or flags, to swim down a River, whilst you walk quietly on the shore along with them, and are still in expectation of sport. The rest must be taughtyou by practice, for time will not alow me to say more of this kind of fishing with live baits.
And for your dead bait for a Pike, for that you may be taught by one dayes going a fishing with me or any other body that fishes for him, for the baiting your hook with a dead Gudgion or a Roch, and moving it up
and down the water, is too eafie a thing to take up any time to direct you to do it; and yet, because I cut you short in that, I will commute for it, by telling you that that was told me for a secret: it is this:
Disolve Gum of Ivie in Oyle of Spike, and therewith annoint your dead bait for a Pike, and then cast it into a likely place,and when it has layen a short time at the bottom, draw it towards the top of the water, and so up the stream, and it is more then likely that
you have a Pike follow you with more then common eagerness.
This has not been tryed by me, but told me by a friend of note, that pretended to do me à courtesie: but if this direction to catch a Pike thus do you no good, I am certaine this direction how to roste him when he is caught, is choicely good, for I have tryed it and it is somewhat the better for not being common; but with
must take this Caution, that your Pikemustnot be a smal one.
First open your Pike at the gills, and if need be, cut also a little Nit towards his belly; out of these, take his guts, and keep his liver, which
are to shred very small with Time, Sweet Margerom, and a little Winter-Savoury; to these put some pickled Oysters,and some Anchovis, both these last whole for the Anchovis will melt, and the Oysters should not) to these you must add also a pound of Sweet Butter,which you are to mix with the herbs that are shred, and let them all be well salted (if the Pike be more then a yard long, then you may put into these herbs more then a pound, or if be be less, then lefs Butter will suffice :) these being thus mixt, with a blade or two of Mace, must be put into the Pikes belly, and then his belly Sowed up; then you are to thrust the Spit through his mouth out at his tail; and then with four, or five, or fix Split sticks or very thin laths, and a convenient quantitie of tape or filiting, these laths are to be tyed round about the Pikes body from his head to his tail, and the tapetied somewhat thicktoprevent his breaking or failing off from