American Agriculturist, for the farm, garden and household . lor; hence we regard the pickerel, especiallythe male, as deserving to be ranked amongthe most beautiful of our fresh water fish.The motions of this fish iu the water are great, he usually makes several tacks, takinga zigzag course. The accuracy of aim of thefish in making these darts is truly astonishing.Few indeed are the fish that can escape. Theenormous jaws open and shut like a steel trap,at the moment of striking, and the lucklesscreature is engulfed iu the capacious maw.The pike does not hesitate, however, if the fishhe pounce

American Agriculturist, for the farm, garden and household . lor; hence we regard the pickerel, especiallythe male, as deserving to be ranked amongthe most beautiful of our fresh water fish.The motions of this fish iu the water are great, he usually makes several tacks, takinga zigzag course. The accuracy of aim of thefish in making these darts is truly astonishing.Few indeed are the fish that can escape. Theenormous jaws open and shut like a steel trap,at the moment of striking, and the lucklesscreature is engulfed iu the capacious maw.The pike does not hesitate, however, if the fishhe pounce Stock Photo
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American Agriculturist, for the farm, garden and household . lor; hence we regard the pickerel, especiallythe male, as deserving to be ranked amongthe most beautiful of our fresh water fish.The motions of this fish iu the water are great, he usually makes several tacks, takinga zigzag course. The accuracy of aim of thefish in making these darts is truly astonishing.Few indeed are the fish that can escape. Theenormous jaws open and shut like a steel trap, at the moment of striking, and the lucklesscreature is engulfed iu the capacious maw.The pike does not hesitate, however, if the fishhe pounces upon is too large for a single swal-low. He will, if pressed with hunger, take onenearly half as long as himself; if necessary, first disabling it, and then getting it head fore-most into his mouth. After this, little by little, he works it down. Meanwhile he himself be-comes almost helpless, as one might imagine, —having a living fish, half swallowed, and active-ly wriggling in his mouth—and in this conditionsmall pickerel not unfrequently fall an easy. e^c.*-.—. the common pickerel.—(Esox reticulatus.)—Drawn and Engraved for the A the play of colors upon the surface without los-iug the strength of the more positive markings. The pickerel or pike is one of our best knownfishes. It is a favorite in the market, and withmany, of course, upon the table ; a favorite, too, with those anglers who are not such thoroughsportsmen that they will not favor a fish soeasily captured. The pickerel are among themost voraciously carnivorous animals in theworld, and being also among the strongest andswiftest swimmers, the weaker fish about themmust be both cautious and active to be able toboth pick up a living and elude their jaws. The body of the pickerel is long aud slender, aud the head is very nearly one-third of the en-tire length. It approaches a cylindrical form, the breadth aud depth being much more nearlyalike than in most fishes. The head is broad ;the snout, blunt and fiat, som

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