As mackerel are very voracious, they greedily devour all sorts of bait, but they are chiefly taken by the drift-net.
At most times they keep out at sea, where the hardy fishermen make use of the drift-net.
The drift-net is made of fine twine, marked with squares of an inch each to allow for the escape of the young fish.
The herring-fishery is regulated by Act of Parliament, and the legal mode of capture is by means of what is called a drift-net.
The drift-net lay out for a mile along the water, its brown corks heaving gently, at regular intervals.