Salt water smelts always made for the brooks in early spring to spawn. There were a number of good brooks: Jack’s Brook, just after you turn off Route 15 to go to Oceanville; a couple of brooks near Long Cove on Route 15; and a real nice brook where the road splits to go to Mountainville or the Greenlaw district. There were many more just as good.
Back then you had to catch them by hand—no nets allowed. All you needed was a 10-quart bucket, a flashlight, and your hand. Sometimes there would be so many that you’d get six or eight at a time. Hard to beat pan-fried smelts.