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you may breed and keep Gentle thus: Take a piece of beasts liver and with a cross stick, hang it in some corner over a pot or barrel half full of dry clay, and as the Gentles grow big, they wil fall into the barrel and fcowre themselves, and be alwayes ready for use whensoever you incline to fish; and these Gentles may be thus made til after Michaelmas: But if you desire to keep Gentles to filh with all the yeer, then get a dead Cat or a Kite, and let it be fly-blowne, and when the Gentles begin to be alive and to stir, then bury it and them in moist earth, but as free from frost as you can, and . these you may dig up at any time when you intend to use them; these wil last till March, and about that time turn to be flies.
But if you be nice to fowl your fingers (which good Anglers seldome are) then take this bait: Get a handful of well made Mault, and
put put it into a dish of water, and then wash and rub it betwixt your hands til you make in cleane, and as free from husks as you can; thenputthat water from it, and put a fmal quantise of fresh water to it, and set it in something that is fit for that purpose , over the fire , where it is not to boil apace, but leisurely, and very softly, until it become somewhat soft, which you may try by feeling it betwixt your finger and thumb; and when it is soft, then putyourwaterfromit, and then take a sharp knife, and turning the sprout end of the corn upward, with the point of your knife take the back part of the husk off from it, and yet leaving a kind of husk on the corn, or else it is marr'd; and then cut off that sprouted end (I mean a little of it) that the white may appear, and so pull off the husk on the cloven fide (as I directed you) and then cutting off a very little of the other end, that Q so so your hook may enter, and is your hook be small and good, you will find this to be a very choice bait either for Winter or Summer, you sometimes casting a little of it into the place where your flote swims.
And to take the Roch and Dace, a good bait is the young brood of Wasps or Bees, baked or hardned in their husks in an Oven, after the bread is taken out of it, or on a fireshovel; and so also is the thick blood of Sheep, being half dryed on a trencher that you may cut it into such pieces as may best fit the size of your hook, and a little salt keeps it from growing black, and makes it not the worse but better; this is taken to be a choice bait, if rightly ordered.
There be several Oiles of a strong smel that I have been told of, and to be excellent to tempt fish to bite, of which I could say much, but I remember I once carried a small
bottle bottle from Sir George Hastings to Sir Henry Wotton (they were both chimical menJ as a great present; but upon enquiry, I found it did not answer the expectation of Sir Henry, which with the help of other circumstances, makes me have little belief in such things as many men talk of; not but that I think fishes both smell and hear (as I have exprest in my former discourse) but there is a mysterious knack, which (though it be much easier then the Philosophers-Stone, yet) is not atainable by common capacities, or else lies locked up in the braine or brest of some chimical men, that, like the Rofi-cruf ions, yet will not reveal it. But I stepped by chance into this discourse of Oiles, and fishes smelling; and though there might be more said, both of it, and of baits for Roch and Dace, and other note fish, yet I will forbear it at this time, and tell you in the next place how Q 2 y*>w
you are to prepare your tackling:
My rod,and my line,my fiote and my lead,
Butyoumust have all these tackling, and twice so many more, with which, ifyoumeantobeafisher,you must store your seise: and to that purpose I will go with you either to CharlesBrandons (neer to the Swan in Golding-lane); or to Mr. Fletchers in the Court which did once belong to Dr. Nowel the Dean of Pauls, that I told you was a good man, and a good Fisher; it is hard by the west