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SPORTS AND PASTIMES. j ] Deep Sea. Fishing in the Isle of Man. 1 THE month of August, says Mr. Podd, in the Field, is one of the best seasons of the year for deep sea fish- ing in Douglas Bay, as at that particular time the herring fleet is stationed here. It numbers upwards of 200 boats, and the refuse of fish, &c., which is passed overboard in cleaning the nets, whilst at anchor in the bay after the night's fishing, and which is carried by various currents to deep water, induces the fish to come nearer shore, where they will have food in abundance. The hand-line now comes into great requisition. It is composed of a stoutieh twisted cord, with a lead sinker at one end of about lib. in weight, above which there are two chopsticks, which are pieces of whalebone about one foot each in length, and which are whipped to the main line (at one end) by meana of waxed thread, whilst to the other a short twisted hair snood, with smallish hook, is attached. Some lines are rigged up with an additional chopstick; but two will be found quite sufficient for the purpose, and much more handy. The mode of fishing is exceedingly simple, and the sport good. Bait your hooks with pieces of herring, herring melt, or the infallible sand-worm. Pass it overboard, and when you feel the lead touching the bottom, take in about a yard of the line so as to keep the lead at a reasonable distance from the ground; sit still, light your pipe, chat away, and wait for the ex- pected tug. It will be your own fault if you do not bring ashore some nice strings of codling, blocken, and calig. The above is the simplest kind of sea-fishing, and the least labour is attached to it. Conger eels are another fish found in abundance on our shores. I have seen some immense specimens, some certainly six feet in length.. Conger-fishing is grand sport, but very dirty work; and being such, to meet with anything like success, should be pursued after sundown. And if you wish to have any comfort whilst pursuing the sport, put on the oldest toggery you have got %nd provide yourself with a pairof coarse glazed leggings reaching to the hip. The slimy nature of the fish, which is certain to come to close quarters with you, renders this provision necessary. In the next place, you should have a good stiff boat of at least twenty feet keel, with a man to take you to the ground, and who will help you to manage any ugly customer. The expense is trifling and necessary, and you will not regret it, especially if you are fond of a little exciting sport, which it really is. Forty fathoms of strong line is the usual length for conger fishing, with a lead l|lb. attached as a sinker one strong chopstick, with a snood composed of three-ply fine whipcord, with a No. 8 sea. hook, either with or without ohain and swivel, will complete the tackle. Bait with the I freshest of fresh herring, for be it remembered that the conger is one of the greatest epicures of the sea. You fish for him in precisely the same manner as for codling. Be provided with a good strong clip or gaff, and when you get him into the boat try to keep him quiet until you get him unhooked by a smart blow across the vent with the stretcher, or some equally handy billet of wood; and if you can only manage to pass your knife through the back of his neck you will make him peaceable enough. I have aotually known several fishermen being obliged to allow one of the large fish to pass out of the boat again, being quite unable to manage him. His Highness the Maharajah Duleep Singh has made heavy bags on tha Scotch hills every day he has been out. This sportsman has shot over the Perth- shire moors for some years, formerly in the neighbour- hood of Killin, where he was much respected for his kindness; and for a year or two past he lias been tenant of the Loch Kennard moors, near Aberfeldy, where he is at present shooting. He invariably makes heavy bags. THE usual gathering for Highland sports on the estates of the Earl of Seafield was held at Castle Grant, near Grantown, last week. The games were contested on a fine level sward in the deer park on the east of the castle. A roped inclosure separated the competitors from the general body of the spectators, who lounge on the sward or group themselves under the trees. A neat marquee was provided for the ac- oommodation of the party from the castle, among whom were the Earl and Countess of Seafield, the patron and patroness of the gathering; Lord Reid- haven, Gen. Sir Patrick Grant, Hon. George Grant, Hon Jas. Grant, and many others of the surrounding gentry and tenants of the shooting lodges. The games were of the usual kind common at such gatherings, and were exceedingly well contested by a numerous body of stalwart Highlanders. The dancing espe- cially attracted great attention. Unfortunately the weather, which on the day appointed for the meeting promised to be line, broke into rain between two and three o'clock, and somewhat spoiled the enjoyment of those assembled.




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