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Catching Fish While Asleep

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"Ncver saw a íish asleep, ehí" said Cornelina Hiutnan, who is located at the Lindel!. "WV11, I have. I've seen them sloep sound and miich to thcir sorrow, especially catñsh. There is nothing more wary than a fish. You know that you can't creep up on them nor drop a pebble anywhere within 50 feet of them but what they wfll dodge away - that is, when they are not asleep. How I come to know so much of this is that I have caught them without bait when they were sleeping, although I did use a hook and line. The first one that I ever caught this way wasa large catfish that I observed daily to b in one particular spot - the base of a vooden pile that protected an icehouse chute that led out into the water. A kind of nest was there, a depression in the mud, and here that catfish was to be found every day at alwiit 2 p. m. It would lay for hours in the rays of the afternoon sun and never move. "I decided to catch it. First I fished around there day after day, but to no purpose. Buit ef any kind wasirt any inducement to that catfish. I concluded that it must be asleep when it would allow a fat miimow to swjm by and neter touch it. I got a sharp plain hook, which I properly weighted, so that it would act direct. I lowered it and moved it slowly up to the side of the fish. Then I turned the line so that the hook was directly under it. Then I gave the hook a quick jerk. The catfish darted away, but not very far. I had him feral, and all because he was sleeping. I have caught pike and snnfish the same way at least a


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