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Old 02-03-2003, 05:30 PM
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February Quiz Question ---#1

Ok... Please name the book and the Author..or who wrote this exerpt..."In the summer I saw two men fishing for Bass hereabouts. Their bait was a bullfrog,or several small frogs in a bunch,for want of squid. They followed a retiring wave, and whirled their lines round and round their heads with increasing rapidity, threw them as far as they could into the sea; then retreating, sat down flat on the sand and waited for a bite. It was lterally (or littorally)walking down to the shore and throwing your line into the Atlantic. I should not have known what might take hold of the other end, whether Proteus or another. At any rate, if you could not pull him in,why, you might let him go without being pulled in yourself. And they knew by experience that it would be a striped bass, or perhaps a cod, for these fishes played along near the shore."
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Old 02-03-2003, 05:58 PM
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Don't know the book but one of the men on the shore may have been my grandfather. He used to toss those tarred handlines probably banned by the EPA now. Does anyone remember those lines, the "professional version", not the little ones in the small fishing kits? Now those were the guys that really had to set the hook with a strip retrieve given no better alternative!
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Old 02-03-2003, 09:21 PM
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Yes Mark..correct..but what Book.
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Cape Cod?
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I cheated and looked it up. Good memory, Mark; chapter 6 of Cape Cod.
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Old 02-04-2003, 09:51 AM
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You are correct!!!!! com-on Down! and pick one of the three curtains! In fact it is the only reference to Fishing striped bass in the book all though there is a lot of reference to Black fish and the actual driving them up the beach. A great Book to reread in the dead of winter.
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Were the Black fish, Pilot Whales?
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Old 02-04-2003, 04:18 PM
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Yes... Still a great book that shows how rural and rustic the Cape was...No wood anywhere... so it must have been a strange sight to see from one shore to to other over moors with some trees no taller than a man ,if any, and the big business was either fishing...little farming and a lot of salvaging wrecks.... for wood and other goods.... Also ,Thoreau talking with 70 year old men who at 12 years of age could hear the big guns going off across the bay at the Battle of Bunkerhill, or who saw Washington in Boston as a child having made a crossing from the cape to Boston at that lucky time.
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John, chapter 8, Thoreau had some disparaging remarks about Chatham residents:

"But that is not treasure for us which another man has lost; rather it is for us to seek what no other man has found or can find,- not be Chatham men, dragging for anchors."

Obviously, there was no CAC or equivalent gathering spot back in 1849 when the wandering Thoreau spent his weeks strolling the beaches.:hehe:

What would Thoreau have thought concerning Area 61 and it's feudal lord?:eyecrazy:
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Old 02-04-2003, 07:19 PM
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Well..I saw that ..Dragging for anchors is fun..I seem to recall Roop dragging one in at the rip a couple years ago. I would have required Thoreau to wear the Fez if if wanted to stay there...
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The dregs of another New England winter ehhh ?

Same here in GL country.

Soon I will run out of Lee Wulff trivia and have to move onto some other famous trout or salmon fly fisher.

Hang in there we have only 6 more weeks of winter per the ground hog!

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