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Black Bass Where to catch them in quantity within an hour's ride from New York   By: (1862-1917)

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Best Methods and Baits fully treated upon, with salient Practical Hints upon choice of Rods and Tackle.

Weather Prognostications and Atmospheric Influences Reviewed.

[Illustration (handwriting): Charles Barker Bradford]


Copyright, 1888, W. P. Pond & Co.

Let me live harmlessly, and near the brink Of Trent or Avon have a dwelling place: Where I may see my fly or cork down sink, With eager bite of pike, or bass, or dace, And on the world and my Creator think: While some men strive ill gotten goods t'embrace: And others spend their time in base excess Of wine, or worse, in war or wantonness. Let them that will, these pastimes still pursue, And on such pleasing fancies feed their fill, So I the fields and meadows green may view, And daily by fresh rivers walk at will.

Ancient Angler.

[Illustration: Black Bass Fishing]

There is probably no more welcome news for one fond of black bass fishing than a description and general details of where good sport may be had; and when the individual is a unit in the population of a large city and suddenly learns that this is obtainable within an easy distance, the information is worth its weight in gold, in his estimation, if in no one else's. The main object of this paper on black bass fishing is to supply that knowledge to a large contingent, and also to give a few hints to those, who, fond of fishing, may still be open to a few practical hints. There are possibly many fishermen like myself, who, while not unfamiliar with salt water sport with rod and line, still know and fully appreciate the pleasure of fishing for the fresh water black bass.

Salt water fishing is grand sport, but there are many denizens of a city who have been reared in the districts of fresh water streams, lakes and ponds, who have not had the opportunities of cultivating salt water sport, and who even when surrounded with every facility for its pursuit, would still be elated at finding some well stocked stream near at hand. Anglers, as a rule, are unable to go far a field in search of fresh water fishing, and for six years past it was a continual thorn in my flesh, mortifying me considerably, that no information could be obtained of any good fishing that did not necessitate an absence of several days.

Last season, entirely by accident, I ran upon a magnificent place within nineteen miles of New York City. It is a beautiful spot, easily reached without much expense or trouble and within an hour's ride by rail. In all my search, this is the one spot I care to recommend to my readers. Take the cars from Jersey City to Rahway, N. J., and upon arriving there walk to a small village called Milton, half a mile west of Rahway; pass through this, continue half a mile further west, and you will reach Milton Lake. An hour and a half's time covers the distance. I generally take the one thirty p. m. train, and return in the evening; but trains run almost every hour to and from Rahway.

Milton Lake is a body of water about a mile square, with two outlets, one falling over a picturesque stone dam twenty feet high into a stream about ten feet wide; and the other outlet, a small stream flowing through a mill gate to the Milton Mills. In each of these streams there are plenty of bass, but in the lake proper and in the little brook that flows into the upper end of the lake, they are in abundance. I pass the lake itself and follow the little stream for about half a mile until I come to White's Farm. This I have found to be the finest fishing ground. The stream is about eighteen feet wide at the narrowest part and from fifty to sixty at its widest. It rises miles upon miles back in the country somewhere, and runs rippling and chattering over the shallows, surging silently over the pools until it empties into the lake... Continue reading book >>

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