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Fishing the Gower: A Guide to Shore Fishing the Gower Peninsula [Paperback]

Malcolm Halfpenny
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  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Malcolm Halfpenny (20 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948891041
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948891045
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 14.2 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly eccentric, highly recommended 12 Mar 2003
A special corner of our bookshelves is set aside for oddities, books which have no logical place elsewhere, but which have gradually migrated towards one another. Unrelated by topic, they share a common oddball quality. So, side by side sit slender, earnest little works like 'Why Not Eat Insects', 'English As She Is Spoke', 'The Young Visiters' and, the newest-comer, 'Fishing The Gower'.
Now I must say at once that we are not particularly keen anglers - the odd early morning with the children in hope of bass or mackerel, or an afternoon scrabbling for cockles and clams, is about the end of it. So we picked up Mal Halfpenny's book more on a whim, because it was about our home coast, than out of any intention to use it as a serious guide. It has become a well-thumbed, well-borrowed, well-loved friend.
Mr Halfpenny writes with the true passion of a committed enthusiast,with painstaking care, and a bold disregard for minor difficulties of spelling and syntax. He offers a wealth of minute detail about the pros and cons of fishing from just about every single spot on the Gower coast. The author shares with us fascinating snippets of local and general knowledge - 'crabs can be troublesome here'; 'the octopus has six hearts'. The book is imbued with his boundless determination to impart the knowledge he has acquired from decades of experience. From mudflats to cliffsides, races to shingle, the book will guide you. It is illustrated with the author's own black-and-white photographs of each spot, so much more telling than the glossy professional jobs that are often too good to be true. So an illustration of 'Broughton Bay in mist' is a perfect rendering of the grey, milky seamist which can obliterate all sight of that beautiful spot.
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Great little book. Useful for research before taking your holiday and alsi whilst you are there. Its a little quirky but interesting and useful. A good buy and one to keep on the shelf for future holidays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful Guide 9 Feb 2013
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Useful guide and made use of during my one week in the Gower where I and my pal Alan were unfortunate to find flat calm conditions, blue skies all week without sight of any clouds, high temperatures and heavy rain when we packed our car to come back on the seventh day. One pillock caught one pollack!
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