|(PD) Photo by nikos karademas|
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A survey of literature associated with fishing covers a lot of ground. We are sure that at some point in the future this section will have numerous subdivisions. "Fishing" obviously may be subdivided into "commercial and recreational" but the subdivision hardly stops there. Both commercial and recreational fishing are very different when conducted between salt water and fresh water. In both fresh water and salt water sport and commercial fishing divide along lines based on size and habitat. In fresh water fishing there are pan fishermen, and bass fishermen, and those who seek the relatively few fresh water species both sport or recreational and commercial that rival the big game of the deep sea fisherman. In the salt and brackish water realms there are those who seek the fish associated with bays and sounds, the"near shore species" while other push out to seek "big game", like Tuna and Marlin. The lives and interests of both recreational and commercial fishermen are very different and sometimes their environmental and economic concerns collide. In this section we try to describe authoritative, useful, informative, and entertaining literature on "fishing" for all of us. But fishing interests don't just revolve around whether you fish for a living or live to fish. Fishing and Oceanography have many mutual interests and we expect eventually to have a bit of redundancy between these two sections. We'll start out simply however, and concentrate at first on a few sport fishing titles. We will also try to incorporate useful hyperlinks to free fishing information services. Check back often on this section just starting construction.
Sometimes,like when eating lunch in your cube or riding the commuter train or bus you are daydreaming about fishing. We all know that our worst day fishing was better than our best day at work. Under such circumstances what's better than day dreaming about fishing? A website that you can also pull up on your smart phone ( great when in the cube, who wants the boss to observe them with a fishing site displayed on the company computer even during lunch?) is just the thing.
ReelFinatics is a fishing entertainment site with great pictures of big catches divided into
categories by species and fishing methods, and fun posts about great days fishing. Just the thing
for when you are bored out of your skull in the cube or during the commute. You won't find long
"How To" features on fly tying, or intricate details on the habits of rainbow trout. This is fishing
entertainment. Kick back and let the images of fishing fun transport you back to your best days
away from the cube farm and office, or the commute. You can scroll down for sites and books,
and videos on serious fishing information. But lunch and commute time its bit hard to concentrate
on that "How To" information that will eventually land you the big ones. But its never not time to be
thinking about fishing ReelFinatics will transport you to a better place.
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COULD YOU MAKE A CAREER OF RECREATIONAL FISHING?
YOU ALREADY KNOW THAT YOUR WORSE DAY FISHING BEAT YOUR BEST DAY AT THE OFFICE. DO YOU REALIZE THAT EVERY DAY HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD ARE MAKING A LIVING IN RECREATIONAL FISHING: Visitors to Capt. Richie's Office
GAVIN BOYD, CUSTOM BAIT TESTER WITH LAB ANIMAL AT OFFICE
Do your customers ever look this happy?
The more we look around at our feed back from our FISHING SECTION the more we realize that not everyone uses rods, reals, lures, and boats for "recreation". Of course we have always known that commercial fishermen are part of a large industry producing our "wild caught" labeled seafood. As professional mariners ourselves we've encountered commercial fishermen all over the world. We know that "commercial fisherman" is an occupation that can be lucrative, but also involves back braking hard work, long periods at sea away from home, and no small amount of danger. We have every intention of addressing that occupation at a future date ion our FISHING SECTION, but we are largely focused at the moment on recreational fishing. We have been meticulous in the past in our MERCHANT MARINE SECTION, NAVAL INTERESTS SECTION, ADMIRALTY LAW SECTION, and the VESSEL TRAFFIC SYSTEMS SECTION to address the information needs of maritime professionals. It is only recently that we have realized through reader correspondence that there is a growing corps of professionals surrounding recreational fishing. Being avid recreational fishermen ourselves, frankly we envy the work lives of some of our recent correspondents. We have been to sea in war and peace, but have also manned the offices and cubicles of maritime intelligence and law. We know what the inside of a cube farm, or administrative office looks like. We have all heard the dreaded words from higher command. "Sorry, but its your turn to row a desk". The necessary related shoreside office work of the maritime sectors are the closest we've ever come to the much dreaded "real job". While stuck in temporary assignments of 24 to 36 months on such simulated "real jobs" we often turned to recreational fishing and sailing for relief. We developed strong empathy for the sufferings of all those real job holding tax payers who soldier on daily in the work environments that bored us to tears. It didn't occur to us until recently that some people escape the cube farms every year for professional lives in recreational fishing.
The fact that people make a living as "tournament fishermen", fishing guides, fishing writers, bait testers, tackle developers, etc. should give every avid recreational fisherman stuck making a living in an unhappy office or plant situation hope. Here is the best news about professional opportunities in recreational fishing. You generally don't need an advanced degree in ichthyology to break in. For many of the most fun positions you don't need a degree at all. What you need is proven professional level skill in recreational fishing. Think of it as a little bit like the transition from amatuer golfer to professional. That's what most of the recreational fishing career paths we are becoming familiar with look like, a transition from amature to professional. You prepare for the transition by becoming more involved in your hobby. "More involved means more time spent fishing but in a more organized and documented manner, mostly by participation in tournaments, and hunting that record individual within a targeted species. Remember all records count; state, tournament, Boone and Crockett. Get better by reading and watching videos on fishing, what better rainy day activity is there besides sex? Get focused. What is the recreational fishing job you are most interested in. If you want to run a guide service you have to earn at least a motorboat operator's license from the national maritime authority (Coast Guard in the U.S.) so some time in navigation and boating safety classes will be required. You will also need to document your underway time on board boats, 365 days of underway time is usually minimal for qualifying for a motorboat operator's license which would allow you top operate a motor boat under 65 feet in length with six of fewer passengers aboard. If you own a boat you are allowed to self certify some times. Keep in mind however that when it comes to self certified boat service time there are heavy penalties for fudging time. Keep a log, be accurate. The Motorboat operator license is the minimal boat operator level of competency that every recreational fisherman who wants to make the transition to professional should obtain. With it you can open your own business with a decent outboard boat. The other skill that you have to have in abundance to be any type of fishing guide is the ability to get your clients on fish and coach them into successfully landing them. This comes under the heading of local knowledge. You have to develop that systematically in your pre professional recreation fishing, again we suggest keeping detailed logs of what you catch, where , when, successful baits, lures, tackle, weather and tide conditions etc. Of course if your goal is guiding fly fishermen in mountain streams you can probably skip the boat operation part, but you can't if you are going to be a bass fisherman guide on an inland lake. State guide type licenses either for you or your boat vary but mostly involve paying fees, there is rarely any third party competency requirement for these licenses. The thought of most state legislatures and fisheries administrators is that if you can't produce fish for your client reliably and regularly, the market will make short work of you. They are absolutely right.
Most fishing guides are self employed, but there are paid "Captain's positions" throughout the coastal and Great Lakes states. Some of these are on "Charter boats" that are not owner operated but part of a fleet. Many such charter boats are well under 65 feet and may only lawfully carry six passengers or less and your motorboat operators license ( sometimes called a "six pack") and ability to produce fish will put you in the running for these positions. Then there are the "head boats" larger boats common to major coastal recreational fishing ports that take out more, often many more than six passengers. For those jobs you still need the ability to find fish, but you will also need a 50 or 100 ton "masters license". This occupational license will generally require a minimum of 365 days of underway time but on board larger vessels than what is required for a motor boat operator's license, though often some of your "motor boat time" can be applied to the experience requirements of this license. Fortunately there are "unlicensed mates" jobs available in the head boat industry. These don't pay much but provide the needed higher tonnage service time.
So while we are not experts on recreational fishing industry employment we are becoming more knowledgeable every day. We will post everything that we find useful to making the transition from recreational (amatuer) fisherman to professional recreational fisherman in the FISHING SECTION at every opportunity. Check the section often if you are interesting in turning pro. But for the "Guide" type occupations we think the above described basics are pretty well established. We summarize below:
1. Document your underway time aboard boats strive to get 365 proven underway days at a minimum.
2. Study coastal navigation and boating safety formally with Coast Guard Auxiliary or Power Squadron type courses.
3. Fish in formally organized tournaments as often as possible. In tournaments and out strive for the record fish in any category, any record record all this for your resume. You'll need a resume for either a paid "captain's job"or for a business capital loan to start your own business.
4. Study fishing from books, videos, and mentors. You are not ready for the transition to pro until you have at least a motor boat operator's license and a solid record as a fish finder / lander through at least extensive tournament participation and regular placement. Don't neglect those tournaments with prizes for simply "most fish caught" and "biggest fish caught" regardless of species.
As for what we can tell you so far about some of the other professional opportunities out there such as sport fishing writer, bait. lure tester, tackle developer there pros evolve their skills somewhat independent of boat operations and tend to have have hobby backgrounds in fly tying and lure making. Fishing writers have to be able to write for publication. An academic degree in English or journalism helps but is often trumped in the job market by superior subject matter knowledge and a portfolio of published but low or unpaid articles in local fishing papers. These papers are often hungry for articles and quite willing to publish a decently prepared article that might not be competitive say for "OUTDOOR LIFE" . Writing takes more than an English degree, you have to have subject matter knowledge. Nothing predicts success in writing to a hiring editor like a portfolio of published articles. A hiring editor also sees in a history of publication something of a following. The new English major can't compete. But you have to pay your dues. Write for those local fishing and boating papers for free. Remember that there is no such thing as good writing only good rewriting. Work at it until those local free papers publish you regularly, then you are ready to canvas for a writing job. Your recreational fishing writer resume should include all of the work that you have done towards becoming a skilled fisherman.
The transition from amatuer fisherman to professional positions in the recreational fishing industry always starts with a modest life change that should not be unpleasant for you if you are truly meant to be a pro. Fish often, fish a lot, fish competitively, keep records and logs. Study navigation and boatmanship as well as fishing techniques. Flee the Cube farm! Escape from the Tyranny of the dreaded "real job". Turn fishing pro. You don't have to give up your day job right away, its an amatuer to pro transition that shoukld be fun. If becomes "work" you probably weren't meant to be a recreational fishing professional. Our two fish who are writers Namazu and Beastie remind you that after that fun game of tug of war with our finny friends return as many alive back to the water as possible.
Johnas Presbyter, Editor
A COUPLE OF
FREE FISHING VIDEOS ABOUT REALLY BIG FISH:
Click on the hyper-links below from "CHEW ON THIS" via YouTube:
We have fallen a bit behind in our fishing book reviews but we did discover a cool video site.
Take a look at landing really big fish on Chew on This; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RB67i1-k3k&feature=relmfu or watch the biggest fish I've ever seen landed on a beach at feature=endscreen&v=kubP74qGvPY&NR=1 .http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpvBnzFdlY0 or Entertain yourself a bit with videos that explain why people fish vice how to fish. We'll be working on those book reviews till you get back.
BEASTIE PRESENTS: The Largest Fish Landed From A Beach That We Have Found A Video Record Of So Far.
BEASTIE PRESENTS: The Largest Fish Landed From A Beach That We Have Found A Video Record Of So Far.
BEASTIE OUR FISHING VIDEO EDITOR
Some of you may have missed this video posted on AOL recently. A group of young men make a habit of shark fishing from Florida beaches at night. Beastie really lauds the guys for practicing catch and release with barb-less Their best catch so far was caught on video under some powerful lights and most of it came out really well. With the help of a little professional video editing from AOL its quite a show. It's not often that you see a 14 ft. hammerhead shark landed. To watch click here: Hammer Head on the Beach
CARP, ARE AMERICAN FISHERMEN MISSING OUT?
GRASS CARP: Photo by U.S. Geological Survey
Recently we published a blog post where in the great Namazu introduced our newer readers to our Epic Fish Video editor "Beastie" .
NAMAZU / BEASTIE AND 600 POUND GOLD FISH Within that post (linked to your left) we included some links to sample videos of Beastie's work. One was titled 600 Pound Gold Fish. This was a 45 minute video about fishing for giant carp in Asia. Carp are native to Asia and parts of Europe, are considered both a game and commercial fish, an important food source. Carp are also the source of domesticated decorative fish like the common gold fish and Koi:
Photo by: Stan Shebs
Unfortunately in the United States where a number of species of carp have been introduced in most places they are considered intrusive. Fishermen target the native game species and its not difficult to by pass the carp because they are rather finicky eaters and ignore most baits. But one can learn effective carp fishing techniques and once into carp fishing you are into some of the largest and hardest fighting fish to inhabit fresh waters. More over most species are excellent for cooking and eating. Unfortunately because in some places the Carp don't seem to attract native predators, and the sport fishermen tend to ignore them, some states spend inordinate amounts of money on carp control. Because of that if you are a carp fisherman there usually are no limits on size or number of fish you can take! Hello! Big hard fighting fish, good to eat, no limits! Not only that but landing big catches you are helping restore the natural balance in American waters and saving your state money on carp control. Sorry didn't mean to yell but down here in Louisiana where so many of the staff spend the winter big fish, no limits gets us excited. Unfortunately there is such a variety of great native game species here in big numbers that few rod and reel fishermen target the carp, and as we mentioned the carp are pleased to ignore unskilled efforts.
We think this reputation as finicky eaters or even as total vegetarians (mostly misconception) is the reason that most carp fishing in Louisiana is by bow fishermen who simply shoot visible carp in clear shallows. Well carp can be caught on Rod and reel and they can be big and put up a real battle. But you have to know the techniques. Unfortunately neither Namazu or Beastie both native to salt water know the techniques, and I'm a typical carp clueless Louisiana /Maryland fisherman. Fortunately one our regular g-circle members is actually a carp fishing expert and guide: Tony Davies Patrick has been studying carp, even getting into the water to do so for about half a century. He has caught and guided carp fishing expeditions all over the world.
Tony Davies-Patrick is currently living in all places FRANCE running carp fishing expeditions including instructions. We sort of exclaimed France because Louisiana has a lot of French speaking fishermen, who haven't visited the "mother country" yet. What an opportunity. Learn to catch big tasty fish, that back here in Cajun country come with no limit, save our conservation service tax dollars on carp control, and get a great vacation in France all for one price. To learn more about Tony's Carp "expeditions" ( check out your charming quarters ) go to: http://www.wildcarp.com/id7.html . By the way, as the legal department so often reminds us full disclosure requires a "disclaimer'. We were not paid for this "plug" for Tony, have not used the service and so we can't endorse it. As always you should check it out but we've given you the publicly available information to start your research....that's what we do.
In addition for those of you who aren't likely to pack up for France any time soon but may be looking at some of your local ponds, lakes, and rivers in a somewhat new light and want to learn about rod and reel carp fishing on your own we offer the following informative links.
Wikipedia, a general reference on Carp: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carp_fishing
WORLD FISHING NET WORK: A more sport fishing general reference: http://www.worldfishingnetwork.com/tips/post/carp
CARP FISHING TACTICS from CARP NET: http://www.carp.net/tactic.htm
CARP TACKLE from CARP NET: http://www.carp.net/tackle2.htm
CARP BAIT from CARP NET: http://www.carp.net/bait.htm
LETS GO CARP FISHING by New York State Conservation Dept., includes a carp receipt right up front: http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/regions_pdf/gocarpn2.pdf
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE FOR FLY FISHING FOR CARP by FIELD AND STREAM:
Check out this unique fly fishing video, shot in on the American Great Lakes, clear water, sight casting for big Carp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLdmGmPnODk
Really, America, reconsider carp fishing!
|Fresh water Commercial Fisherman around 1910|
|(PD) Photo by nikos karademas|
As our regular visitors know we don't claim this is the most fully comprehensive of maritime sites on each particular maritime or ocean related subject. What we are trying to be is the logical starting point for research into anything and everything maritime in nature, or having most anything to do with naval, or ocean activity; military, commercial, or recreational. We pride ourselves on seeking out and linking you to the best sites in the English language on any particular maritime subject. We choose English as the language of the blog because it is the official international language of marine operations and maritime commerce. But that is not to say that there isn't great information in other languages.
Because our task is so great in the largest language of the maritime world and our staff and budget is small we can't promise to link you to the greatest international sites on all maritime subjects , regardless of language. But when we find one that is unusually good in a language other than English we want to bring your attention to it. So we want to share with you our favorite guilty fishing pleasure. We have been visiting Rickyvadepesca's site for months now. This is a truly beautiful fishing site. Many of the staff here at AAB love to fish, and if you are a fisherman anything like us you know that your top three favorite types of eye candy are color photos of :
- Beautiful Women
- Beautiful Fish
- Beautiful Fishing Tackle and Gear
Yeah, we understand that your order of attraction on the list above may change somewhat with age, but we know the fisherman mind set. In whatever order they occur this is the list of real eye candy to the fisherman. Two of your favorites are available in abundance at
Yesterday we visited the site and and the lead feature was a new spinning reel. Not only did the photography display multiple sided views but also closeups of variable setting features like drag adjustments in which you could actually read the tiny printed instructions. There was great still photography of some popular lures but also a link to a Japanese manufacturer's video of under water film of the lure working. If I was a fish it would have made me hungry.
If you use the Google browser you have a translate button, so if you don't speak Spanish just hit the translate button. We have some knowledge of Spanish and find that this site does unusually well with the translate program. We think this is because a lot of the writing on the site consists of simple photo captions that the computer program has little trouble translating. Where features are longer, there may be the occasional rough spot for the computer translator. However, Rick understands English and writes in well chosen Spanish mostly avoiding slang terms, so the computer translation program works unusually well most of the time. We think this is going to be one of the top international fishing sites because of its quality and the fact that it is written in what is perhaps the second or third most widely spoken language on earth, in a form that readily computer translates into the first most popular second language on earth.
The site's photography crosses all language barriers, it even makes bait look interesting and photogenic. As you know we have several levels at which we recommend books, videos, and web sites. We don't really have a category for "Guilty Pleasures", but if we did this would be our first choice in the fishing category. Rick is based in Spain. Even if your wife doesn't fish she'll say yes to a vacation in Spain that includes ample fishing. As fishermen and long married husbands we know all about arranging fishing around the requirements of "She who would be obeyed" (SWWBO). In the interest of full disclosure Rick is not a paid advertiser with us as is the case with nearly all of the web sites that we link you to. Spain didn't advertise with us either, but we thoroughly recommend a visit to Rick's site and a fishing trip to Spain. You'll have a great time and so will your SWWBO.
Johnas Presbyter, editor
PS: I once forgot my wedding anniversary as all husbands are likely to do after 20 years or so. I took an all day fishing trip. One of the best trips ever featuring huge red drum fish. My memory of that wonderful fishing trip is ruined by the memory of being confronted by a angry SWWBO at the end of the day and being delivered the news that it was our wedding anniversary. Believe me more than a decade later I still suffer annual repercussions from that event. Here is how I avoid a repeat, and how hopefully how you can avoid the same fate. I mark my anniversary date on the outside of my tackle box in prominent red letters.
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SPIN FISHERMEN OUT NUMBER FLY FISHERMEN WHY IS IT THAT FLY TYING IS POPULAR AMONG FLY FISHERMEN, BUT SO FEW OF US SPIN FISHERMEN MAKE LURES?
Power Pop 150 70 gr Fly Shock
Aisi 1.5mm, Rolling 150lb. built by our friend Piola Gianrico
Spinning Lures are expensive and since fish like cover and cover presents lure fouling hazards sometimes the best fishing spots are the most expensive in terms of lost lures. Packaged soft baits, and lures have lowered the costs where these can be used and added a touch of realism. But soft baits don't come as popping lures, you can't make them rattle and its kind of one form (the minnow) fits all. Sometimes the most effective lure that you can use will have a color scheme and configuration that is not common among the manufactured lures on the market. Some times your own observations can reveal unique dietary habits of fish in a particular place. Making your own lures can fill many a winter day with something enjoyable that you will use in the spring. Making your own lures can be inexpensive and is the only way to create a lure based on your local observations of your favorite fish population. The tools needed are similar to small model making, work is in both molded plastic and wood. for a relatively inexpensive investment in tools and supplies you can build yourself hundreds of dollars in quality lures over a winter or two. The beautiful surface popper above was built by our friend Piola Gianrico who lives and fishes in Italy. Turn on your translate button visit his site for more ideas on building your own lures.
WHEN CATCHING FISH AROUND CORAL REEFS BIGGER MAY NOT ALWAYS BE BETTER
|Photo by Peter Griffin|
We received the following from Bill Riley a retired Coast Guard Officer and now a marine surveyor with the Maritime Alliance Group Inc.(MAGI)in Baltimore. The MAGI do hull, cargo, compliance surveys, and marine investigations for ship owners and insurance interest throughout the Chesapeake Bay area. Cargo issues can include spoiled frozen food cargoes including fish. So if Bill sounds a bit like a toxicologist at times that's just one of the many skills needed by a top flight marine surveyor. One day we'll do a career profile on the marine surveyor profession for our younger readers considering a maritime career. For the time being however if you are unfamiliar with the profession try clicking on the MAGI link and take a look at what marine surveyors do. So...I digress, on with Bill's warning for those of you who may have the occasion to fish around a coral reef this year."A total of eight recreational boaters suffered a potentially fatal case of Ciguatera poisoning after eating a 40-pound Amberjack they had just caught fresh and cooked the same day while anchored in the Bahamas. Thanks to ham radio, Bahamas Air Sea Rescue, and the U. S. Coast Guard, the barely-conscious boaters were successfully medivaced and survived. I'll leave it to you to read the article for the gory details. The point is that Ciguatera is a little-known poison that comes from dinoflagellates on or around coral reefs, and accumulates in fish up the food chain. The larger the fish, the higher the concentration.The victim's new rule of thumb: anything over 5 pounds, or large enough to feed more than two people,is too big, if it was caught in a coral reef area. Treatment requires IV therapy with Mannitol. Most doctors will not be familiar with the ailment or its treatment. This form of poisoning may be worth writing up in the fishing section of AAB Books."We certainly agree that Ciguatera poisoning is worth writing about. Unfortunately we can't offer any real expertise. So instead we highly recommend that our fishermen and fish eating readers click on the Ciguatera link provided. Here is the truly scary part, this toxin has been found on rare occasions in farm raised salmon and in restaurant fish. Also, while Mannitol seems to help, on a double blind test it performed no better than a saline solution. There does not seem to be a way for consumers or fishermen to test for the presence of the toxin. Around coral reefs we suggest that you take up snorkeling, enjoy the fish show but if you are going to fish a coral reef would be a good place to get acquainted with catch and release.------------------------------------------------------
CHECK OUT RC FISHING WORLD .COM
|Radio Controlled Boat by Darren Lewis|
Wow here was a really unexpected new wrinkle to me on fishing; fishing by using radio controlled model boats. I was first tuned into the idea via a link to someone through my g circle https://plus.google.com/u/0/100165001677844813061/posts Phil Gribble @ https://plus.google.com/u/0/118229272147046435683/posts?cfem=1. He had a fantastic video of catching pan fish with a remote radio controlled model boat. He demonstrated that that these little radio controlled models could both troll lures and and position bait. In one instance he had the fishing line which was deployed by the remote controlled boat rigged to pop free of the boat and he reeled the fish in on a rod and reel. In another instance he demonstrated that the RC boat could also tow the pan fish to him. I really got curious and started searching the internet. Soon I discovered that people routinely caught trout and bass with these remote controlled model boats and again both transferred the landing operation to rod and reels but in some cases actually towed these larger fish into the fisherman. I am now tracking down a video rumored to show one these little remote controlled boats at least setting the hook on a tuna, I believe this would have been a transfer to rod and reel landing. This is a whole new dimension to fishing. YouTube has a bunch of videos on this unique fishing technique and and there is a site called WWW.RCFISHING WORLD .COM. to watch the free YouTube action click here: http://www.youtube.com/user/ARLINBENZ We will be building links to information on this unique fishing technique both in our fishing section and our model boat building section.
Editor in Chief
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FISHING FOR DUMMIES:
You knew there had to be such a publication! We don't believe that all of our visitors are complete novices but we always like to start a subject with the simpliest overview available on the market. We always like the "dummies books" because not only are they very basic and easy to read but actually are quite comprehensive. This is the book to read if you have never fished before and are thinking of taking up the sport for the first time. This publication will give you an idea of the type of equipment you will need for the species of fish you may want to pursue. Fishing is not a one size fits all proposition and equipment costs vary by species pursued. You'll want to start with the type of fish that are closest to you and offer you the most fishing time. For example if you live in an inland area far from a major freshwater impoundment or the coast, pan fish and bass that inhabit small ponds and lakes should probably be where you start the sport. You'll need "light tackle", you can wait to obtain heavier salt water or impounded striped bass gear until you have time for a vacation or long week end to the coast or that big regional impoundment. The dummies guide can provide you with guidance on the proper gear and some techniques to get started. Fishing the fish nearest you nets you more fishing time to develop the basic skills of casting, presentation, hook setting , and fish recovery. One thing that you may have heard about fishing that you've never heard about golf; your worst day fishing will be better than your best day at work. So if you've never tried it, read the Fishing for Dummies Guide, get some tackle for the fishing grounds nearest and most available to you and get started. You don't have to be a dummy to read this book, just inexperienced at fishing.
THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO FISHING BASICS by Mike Toth
ISBN 10:0028638840, ISBN 13: 978-0028638843
Just in case you may feel that you are such a novice that a "Dummie's Guide" is insufficient to get you started in fishing; for about four bucks more you can down grade to a "Complete Idiot's Guide." Seriously folks, the author is a well known outdoor editor of a major fishing and hunting periodical and we're sure the book is chockfull of good information for the beginning angler in its 352 pages.
THE COMPLETE ANGLER by Sir Izaak Walton (First published 1653)
Published by Tredition Classics
ISBN 10: 38424675X
Also various versions sometimes spelled as The Compleat Angler, or The Compleat Angler , The Contemplative Man. Several other publishers provide this work including Oxford Classics. Follow our hyperlink to Amazon and scroll down for the other publishers.
American Admiralty Books: Recommended
This is the diametric opposite of Fishing for Dummies. The fisherman or would be fisherman may read this at any point in a fishing career. This is far more about "the Zen of fishing" than the mechanics of the sport and that is why it has lasted for hundreds of years and still has no problem finding publishers. We however like the Tredition version, not only because it is one of the more, if not most, inexpensive but because Tredition is dedicated to keeping all the World's English language classic literature in print, in book form. We think that the Kindle is a wonderful invention but we really like books, because you never need a battery or power source, they can be read in all sorts of light, and in any position that you find comfortable. Tredition relies on several non profit literary organizations for content and part of your purchase price is donated to these groups which help keep the classics alive. If you want to know where the expression "your worst day fishing is better than your best day at work" read this classic.
WHAT FISH DON'T WANT YOU TO KNOW, An Insider's Guide to Fresh Water Fishing by Frank Baron
To me the ultimate "Insider" in fishing would be a large predatory fish. But then again a small bait fish would have a unique perspective as well. Unfortunately none of these real "insiders" are talking so you'll pretty much have to take the author's word for it when he tells you this book contains things that fish really don't want you to know. However being an avid and experienced fisherman I have to credit the book with providing real insights into the art of fishing for a wide variety of fresh water species. However as a Gulf Coast fisherman from a Floridian climate zone and water temperature regime I find the book weak for my purposes. There just isn't enough information on the warm water species generally, and on certain unique fish populations on the Gulf Coast below 31 degrees north (The Florida state line which if carried westward would leave about one county deep parts of the Alabama, and Mississippi Gulf Coasts, somewhat less than half of Louisiana, and half of Texas south of the line. Down here in the southernmost reaches of the continental United States we pretty much have to rely on our local fish reporters to pick up any "insider information" ( our semi tropical game fish don't talk either). Down here strange things are happening like the Texas State Fisheries Department stocking large fresh water impoundments with specially acclimated salt water species like Flounder and Red Drum. We have some ancient "Big Game" or "Giant Trash Fish" depending on your view point, such as the Alligator Gar Fish which can grow up to 120 pounds. The meat if par boiled in special seasonings taste like lump blue crab meat. However in order to clean a gar you have to run a knife through a body opening and skin it from the inside out, the fish can't be scaled. In fact the scales are so hard that the Choctaw tribe used them for spear points.
Texas and Louisiana stocked the vast fresh water Toledo Bend lake on their border with land locked striped bass. We love to catch these big fish and they are exceptional eating, but when we go to read about them most of the authoritative literature is written for the Mid Atlantic States. One thing we frequently read is these stripers tend to move inland when the water temperature rises to 58 degrees F. Water temperatures do not rise to that temperature in our region, on rare occasions they may fall to that level for brief periods in late December through Februray in response to a rare and forceful "Blue Norther".
Having said all that I'm not faulting this book for inattention to warm water spicies. The author does address large mouth bass and other warm water species but more attention seems to be paid to the colder water species like small mouth bass. Of course in the Mid South both types of species sometimes inhabit the same water body. So this "insiders guide" could be very useful to fishermen in most parts of the country. But in the Floridian climate zone we are still waiting for some "expert' to water board our local species and make' em "fess" up" to what they don't want us to know.
THE GREATEST FISHING STORIES EVER TOLD-
Twenty Eight Unforgettable Fishing Tales edited by Lamar Underwood
Twenty Eight Unforgettable Fishing Tales edited by Lamar Underwood
ISBN 10: 1592284108 ISBN 13: 978-1592284108
Fairy tales begin with; "Once upon a time", and fishing stories begin with "This is no bull now", but it is a mistake to think that the opening lines are the only differences between these two types of stories. Some fish tales are actually true and stranger than fiction. Some like Hemingway's "The Old Man and the Sea" are timeless classics of cosmic consequence. This anthology of fish stories by authors such as Zane Grey, Ernest Hemingway, A.J. McClane, Joe Brooks and others covers the territory. Zane Grey describes fighting a 1,000 pound blue marlin in the Pacific, while A.J. McClane explains what it really means to be a fisherman. Other talented writers take the reader through personal encounters with trout, bass, blue fish, tuna and more. Like all anthologies you can read a single story, put the book down for weeks if time becomes constrained and there is no need to review to "get it" when you pick it up again, you are just starting the next story. At a little over $10 we thought it was a highly entertaining value that most readers will want to keep and return to on occasion. But that's just us, you know the guys who keep collapsible rods and reels in their car trunks and are sometimes seen at urban park ponds fishing in a business suit and surgical gloves during a protracted lunch break. Read this, you might become one of us.8
A GUIDE TO SALT AND FRESH WATER FISHING
by George S. Fishter
American Admiralty Books Recommended for storage in your tackle box
We like this guide as a general reference that happens to be small enough to fit in your tackle box or the cargo pocket of your fishing pants ( We assume you wouldn't buy fishing pants without a cargo pocket). This reference covers everything from useful fishing knots and line selection, reel matching issues to specific techniques for landing both fresh and salt water fish. The heritage of this book is the old "Golden Guide" series that started back in 1940. The techniques are viable, the knots useful and the author authoritative and all of this useful information comes at about the price of a quality bass lure.
SALT WATER FISHING MADE EASY
by Martin Polizotto
ISBN 13: 978-0071467223
This is a moderately priced guide good for all three salt water coasts of the United States. I've personally fished the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast up and through the Chesapeake Bay and found that these waters had many species in common. Fishing techniques were equally effective but were effective at different times of the year depending on latitude. The book is illustrated with some very effective photographs and easy to read text. We can't vouch personally how effective the advice is in this book for the West Coast but the Gulf and East Coast advice was spot on.
THE EVERYTHING FISHING BOOK
By Ronnie Garrison
This book supposedly covers everything about fishing from A to Z but we noticed that a lot of Amazon buyers hedged their bets and bought this book along with "FISHING FOR DUMMIES". Mr. Garrison has had more than 200 articles published in Georgia Outdoor News and Georgia Sportsman Magazine. We are kind of in the dark" about how many and what kind of fish he has actually caught. However we like this book because its written by a guy from Georgia and actually deals with deep south fish. some of the species found down here aren't found north of Southern Virginia and many northern species that you spend a great deal of time reading about in most fishing books don't occur south of Southern Virginia. The North East has more people than the Deep South so you can guess where the bigger book market is. That's why its a little hard to find decent fishing "how to books" that work in the waters of the Deep South. Well, here is one
ONE STOP GUIDE TO SALTWATER FISHING by Martin Pollizotto
384 pages with numerous photographs
Martin Pollizotto is an outdoor sports writer who is also an experienced fisherman. We simply don't believe in any one size fits all or meets all needs fishing books. There is always a very local element in any successful fishing trip. But for the beginning saltwater fisherman this is as close as it gets. The photos are extremely helpful. If you are starting out in saltwater fishing this book could be a big help but don't forget to engage local fisher folk in conversation. No book can tell you exactly where and when to fish along thousands of miles of Coastal America. You still need local knowledge to get the bite. You may be fishing in total accordance with the best recorded techniques but if the fish aren't there when you're there, you're just having casting practice.
SPORT FISH OF THE GULF OF MEXICO
by Vic Dunaway and Kevin BrantAAB RECOMMENDED FOR KEEPING ON YOUR BOAT OR WITH YOUR TACKLE BOX
ISBN 13 978-0936240183
8.3 inches by 5.3 inches, .o5 inches thick, fits most larger tackle boxes. Available on Kindle, Book run about $12.
At last, an actual fishing book about the hottest salt water fishing area in America the Gulf Coast. The illustrations are priceless when it comes to identifying what's on your hook or in your ice chest. Identifying what you've caught can keep you in compliance with fishing regulations and save you many headaches. Fish identification is also handy when you are wondering whether or not to keep that fish you've never seen before that you just brought up while targeting another species. This guide also rates each species for game qualities (what kind of fight the fish gives) and edibility. One complaint that some readers had about the book was that the authors seemed to have never encountered a fish they didn't deem tasty. Such fishermen have usually mastered Cajun cooking, which makes alligator quite tasty. It is true that some gulf fish are easier to prepare and lend themselves to a variety of preparation methods. Unfortunately the book doesn't get very deep into fish preparation. So you will want to develop some local knowledge on the most desirable species. But its all good, and if you master Cajun cooking you can make everything in the ice box that this book labels edible, tasty. Here let me fix the book's one flaw for you right now. Buy yourself a Cajun Cook Book like the one below.
All right now you are ready to cook whatever you land, just like us Cajuns with confidence that you can make it taste great.
One of the things that we love about the book SPORT FISH OF THE GULF OF MEXICO is that the book also identifies quite a bit of the typical "by-catch", non game species that you are liable to pick up. This is where advanced Cajun cookery comes in. We have uses for some of those "rough fish" like certain species of drum and even gar fish. These can be gutted and scaled, wrapped in cheese cloth and boiled in Zataran's Crab Boil ( a Louisiana spice product that I've found as far north as Maryland). The meat can then be flaked off the skeleton in great quantities and is often indistinguishable from Blue Crab. If you ever eat "crab stuffed flounder" in New Orleans and are pleased with the price, there was probably a recent run of Flounder in nearby waters and the stuffing was Zataran's boiled rough fish. Real blue crab would always be the most expensive ingredient in such a dish, because there is so much hand labor involved in cleaning blue crab and you get so little meat per unit. The rough fish can be had for pennies a pound as "by-catch" and properly prepared can not be distinguished from blue crab prepared the same way. Those pesky sting rays have edible "wings'. scaled and skinned , a cookie cutter can make "scallop" shaped chunks of wing which fry up just like "scallops". You found inexpensive scallops in a restaurant, you probably just ate sting ray. Well, I'm digressing from the book review too much.
This tackle box recommendation book will insure that you get to shore with a box full of legal edible fish. You can either find other sources of information on what's best and easiest to prepare or learn Cajun cooking and follow our national motto; "don't worry bout nutting!"
The book is a bit light on fishing technique "how to" information but does provide basic tackle and preferred bait information for each species. If your name doesn't end in "aux" or exhibit other Franco phonic tendencies and you weren't born on the bayou in a Lafitte skiff's "picking box" ( used to separate by catch from the trawl contents and sort target species by size), and you fish the Gulf Coast, you need this book.
Of course we wouldn't presume to sell this book to "Registered Cajuns". The true "Registered Cajun" simply walks down to the waters edge , opens his ice box and announces to the fish that "it would go easier on you if you just surrender now and jump in the box."
"Yankees" (anyone from north of Baton Rouge) have difficulty believing this story until they see it for themselves. This practice is rarely observed by Yankees and almost never spoken of in their presence because us Cajuns really don't like to show off and we don't want to be accused of telling "tall tales". We think of such stories as simply "objective truths".
Really if you fish down here on the Gulf Coast you'll want this book in your tackle box.
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