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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 30 August 2006
This book was interesting and informative. It has given me a simplistic grip on the basics as well as an overview on the tougher aspects of Course fishing. Steve Partner's writing allows you to develop your skills without patronising an experienced angler, like myself. I have a decent range of fishing books (Course fishing a speciality) and I rate this book highly. It has now become an essential part of my fishing kit. If there are any more books in this series count me in.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 3 November 2007
To a degree the book's title does not do it justice. It is much more than your basic book on angling and actually covers most of the methods that are normally used to get fish on to your hook. There are articles on fishing with the float, an ideal method for the younger angler, although many older anglers prefer this method as they like the thrill of watching the float go under the water when they get a bite.

It covers what many anglers consider the lazy method ledgering, although nowadays this is very far from the truth, as this method has become very technical, involving lots of different rig set ups and bite indicators. The book also covers spinning, a method usually used for predatory fish such as perch and pike and there is always the chance that the odd trout will also take a spinning lure.

There is also information on removing the hook without harming the fish. Information is also given about looking for areas of water that hold fish and this is one of the most important skills of all for an angler. You can be the best angler in the world but if there are no fish where you have chosen to fish, or the peg you are in if you have drawn a place in a match, then you are not going to catch anything.

Angling is one of the best and most peaceful of pastimes and the next best thing is reading about it. Enjoy the book.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
my partner bought me a rod and reel for my 43rd birthday. i'd been saying i wanted to fish for a while. this book told me everything i needed to get started - clear, concise, but enthusiastic too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
I bought this book for my 11 year old son who is developing a love for fishing with his Dad. I'd looked at lots of books to help him begin to learn more about the subject and this book/manual is simply the best on the market that I could find for a beginner. It is laid out beautifully with clear photographs and good diagrams. It tells you all about the equipment - the different types of rods, reels, tackle etc - clearly explaining what they're all for, when best to use them and how. It gives you step by step clear instructions on how to cast, set up a ledger, tie knots, mix groundbait etc. It contains a comprehensive section on baits and then goes on to a section about 'know your fish' where it describes what each one looks like, where to find them, how to fish for them and which baits to try which my son found particularly useful. It also has a section specifically focused on what is to be found and how to fish in different places like lakes, ponds, canals, rivers, gravel pits etc There is further information on fishing topics as you advance from being a beginner and the book ends with 50 top fishing tips. I would thoroughly recommend this book to a beginner or intermediate fisherman who wants the facts clearly explained and likes some visual instructions too.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
This book is exactly what the title states! No pompous title and nothing misleading about it.

If it is coarse fishing that you want to know more about than this book is not recommended.... it is a MUST HAVE and at a very fair price too! I am almost exclusively a sea angler and bought the book on a whim. OK I admit I was somewhat influenced by the reviews too... but I am glad I made the purchase!

Excellent and self explanatory photographs and sketches, easy to read and understandable text that fully justify the "jargon-free explanations" promised on the rear cover make this book worth reading again and again. The functional layout is another asset of a great publication and the "jargon buster" insets are extremely useful in making this "Beginner's Guide" a necessity for everyone new to coarse fishing. Mind you though, this book goes beyond a beginner's needs and can teach many veteran anglers a lot that they (thought) they already knew about :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 10 February 2008
This is the best non-fiction book I have and I have a lot; marvellously informative illustrations, concise information and written in plain English.

If you are Steve Partner, please write an intermediate guide.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2013
I am new to fishing and take this with me when I am out fishing but also read through it at every opportunity. The information for a new fisherman/fisherwoman is ideal and a brilliant start. I will definitely be looking to see if there are more by Steve.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2010
This book is nicely presented and has some useful tips. However, I wouldn't recommend it if your a beginner like me. If your looking for a step-by-step guide to get you started it is just too sketchy and doesn't contain enough detailed information.

No discussion, for example, of where to position the hook in the water.

Or there are a couple of pages on lure fishing for Perch which assume far too much prior expertise.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 June 2009
Having purchased the book to gain knowledge of todays style of fishing, i found this book gave me a great insight into the new style of tackle and how to use it. Overall i found it a very useful and informative guide to catching the elusive 'Big One'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2010
Does exactly what it says on the tin! A great guide to all aspects of basic fishing for the novice angler.
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