The Aourah comes into the water in shoals at the same time. These are beautiful fish, with gold and silvery hues, and blue grey markings on the side. They will follow the boat close to the rudder, and dash in the wake of it at the spinner, which is generally of the smaller kind, and used with gut traces and light rods. The aourah averages 4 lbs., and as it is a surface feeder the bait must be kept moving pretty swiftly. The arrivals of these gamesome fish during the summer months amount to an annual carnival for the inhabitants, who forsake the duties of home for the remunerative pastime. The fish sell well in the market, except when a glut is caused by the angling amounting to slaughter rather than sport; at such times you may purchase for a penny or twopence each, fish of 20 lbs. to 30 lbs.
In the spring bass fishing begins at Mogador, and 'Sarcelle,' one May day, after a fierce struggle killed a grand specimen of 10 1/4 lbs. on single gut. The fish twice emptied the winch, and the second time it was necessary to throw the rod overboard and allow the whole concern to take its own way. The fun among the bass is intensified by an odd azlimzah, which makes short work of the finer tackle used for the shyer sea perch. When bass or other fish are playing about in shoals pursuing the anchovies, the commotion in the water is called by the natives ' tiferdeen.' For bass fishing a tin spinner, with a strip of octopus arm on the bend of a single hook, and at the end of a long snooding of sinnet a length of single gut, is trailed with a bamboo rod over the stern. At the cry of ' tiferdeen' cascades of anchovies are seen tumbling into the air in all directions, and the face of the water is disturbed with the mighty splashes of heavy fish, chiefly bass. As the shoals of anchovies hasten seawards the boats follow, and in their bolder moments the bass take the bait close alongside. On one of his good days ' Sarcelle' caught ten bass and a few other fish, the grand total being about 140 lbs. It was a great bag, for though the biggest fish was not more than eight and a half pounds, the majority were three- and two-pounders. The bass leave the coast in July, and there is then business with the maigres. The azlimzah is described as a thick-built, large-headed, coarse-scaled fish, with percoid front dorsals, grey-golden in hue, four or five feet long, and weighing 25 lbs. to 60 lbs. each.