Amazing Fishing Stories: Incredible Tales from Stream to Open Sea (Amazing Stories) Hardcover – 30 Sep 2011
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'Larger-than-life fishing stories that will entertain and captivate.' (Bookseller Buyer's Guide, August 2011). 'Amazing Fishing Stories is compelling and uplifting'. (Trout & Salmon, November 2011).
About the Author
Paul Knight is a hugely experienced fisherman who has travelled the globe with rod and line. He has worked on offshore trawlers as well as fished idyllic salmon streams. Paul is a leading figure among UK anglers, as CEO of the Salmon and Trout Association, and contributor to a wide range of angling magazines, including Gamefisher.His wide experience, remarkable network of fishing friends and wonderful writing style make him the perfect author of such a collection of unforgettable tales.
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There are lots of incredible stories served up which cover dangerous fishing, failed fishing, the 'ones that got away' etc. The writing style is lovely and I can imagine plenty of people who would cherish reading this. It's truly entertaining throughout regardless of whether you're a fisherman or not. Paul Knight genuinely comes across as a really nice guy, whether it's when he's discussing overfishing or fishing off Brighton Pier.
It's a great gift for Christmas for fisherman, wanabee-fisherman or just somebody plain interested in a good yarn.
Effectively a book of short stories, it's well written and, as one would might expect in an anthology of this type, often written in good humour. Some are simple descriptions of days out that any angler would envy while others fall into the class off 'the one that got away'! Some are rather far-fetched but all are fun to read.
The author is obviously a very experienced angler and writes from expert knowledge, so the budding angler will no doubt find many useful hints and tips hidden amongst its pages. It makes a good bedtime read or something to flick through on the downstairs loo, and I'd recommend it as a present to any angler who wants a good, light-hearted read about his or her hobby.
The second problem is the book's (probably unintentional) misleading title. Very few if any of these fisherman's tales could truly be regarded as amazing, but too many at the front end are concerned with little beyond the alleged amazingness of the fish itself and fail to back it up with an engaging story. You may as well forget about the events leading up to the catches and just list the sizes of the fish caught. What would Freud say about such preoccupations?
As I read through the slippery tale of a massive conger eel, 'Attrition and Slime', I was waiting for the conger to come back to life after being captured and lugged around a house to minimal comedic effect. The eel remains thoroughly dead and so it seems feels like another unsatisfactory snapshot in a tedious slideshow that you've found yourself being forced through. Thankfully, later on, when the book gets good, there is zombie fish redemption in the form of a reanimated pike that recovers from two blows to the head and a spell out of water, presumed dead and ready to eat, only to become the star of a BBC TV show. Now that's a story!Read more ›
This highly readable book seems to have been something of a labour of love involving countless interviews with fishing folk from all over the world which Paul has translated into his own inimitable, no-nonsense style. As fishing anthologies go, it is a success and many of the stories live up to the title. This book does what it says on the tin.
Congratulations to Paul Knight who, during his day job, runs the inestimable Salmon and Trout Association which attempts to keep at bay the forces of darkness that threaten the UK's freshwater fisheries whether they be dastardly fish-farmers, nasty invasive critters, rapacious netsmen or incompetent regulators. He is clearly a multi-tasker as, whilst managing to do all that, he has turned out a highly readable collection of fishing stories - many of which are indeed 'amazing'.
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Good nice story of all over the globe some thing for every one fresh water salt water good bookPublished 11 months ago by markturnbull