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Fishing with Emma: How to Fish for Carp, Roach, Rudd, Chub, Perch, Tench, Bream, Barbel, Catfish, Zander and Pike Paperback – 11 Apr 2013
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This is Mr Crabtree for the 21st century. The tweedy pipe-smoking uncle is replaced by Emma every teenage boy s dream, every teenage girl s aspiration, and she knows a thing or two about fishing. Following her predecessor s format the book is a mixture of text and excellent graphics loaded with information and although coarse fishing has become bewilderingly technical this is a good practical guide that cuts through the mumbo jumbo. If you want to get a youngster interested in fishing, or ensure success for one who has already started, this book couldn t be bettered. --BASC magazine, May 2013
The style is very much that of a modern Mr Crabtree, but with what must be every single fisherman s dream woman at the helm instead. She even has a Ferrari as a fishing car. Detailed illustrations and explanations accompany each chapter, and the advice is well-thought out. It s a great guide to mastering the basics of angling on all sorts of waters and lots of species. The advice is spot on and we loved the humourous bits, such as when Emma decides she s bored at a party at an estate house and goes eel fishing in the adjacent lake for the night instead. --Angler's Mail, March 2013
This new book is great fun. Obviously aimed at all ages and all sexes it works on many levels. It is one of the best modern instructional books for any youngster taking up the sport, and is an entertaining and well drawn comic strip for an older experienced angler. --Peter Smitham of www.flyfishersrepublic.com, April 2013
About the Author
David Overland was born in Newport, Wales, in 1960 and throughout his working life as a civil servant, for the charity sector and later in the ornamental fish industry, he s also worked as a Freelance Illustrator, writing and drawing comics, book illustrations and record covers. David lives in Monmouthshire with his wife Mary and their two sons, Sam and Ben, as well as a cat (Charlie) and a lizard (Spike). He has been a passionate coarse fisher all his life.
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The book covers the basics of angling and the different . Credit is owed to David Overland for going over the various methods of angling, different bait using the titular character to take us through the methods.
Emma herself is a woman in her mid twenties, and our guide throughout the book. She is also a very photogenic, confident character. Male readers should enjoy her appearance, while female readers might find her appearance jarring, but she makes up for this by being more than a pretty illustration, and sets a good example in her aforementioned confidence, knowledge and by directly addressing the reader. Presumably were she a real person, she would be a well spoken English girl from a middle class background, and intriguingly, she doesn't make the fact that she's a woman and an angling expert a huge issue, and neither does anyone else she encounters (though the more conservative-minded anglers are addressed directly on the blurb on the back). Whether she is actually based on anyone real is unknown, but quite possible!
Throughout the book, we get Emma guiding the reader to different baiting methods, concepts such as pre-baiting (throwing bait onto the water to catch), locations and. With the illustrations it is far more interesting to the uninitiated such as myself, and would be far better at inspiring a younger generation of potential anglers. During the course of the book, we also see illustrations of what happens with the fish underneath the surface, and narration to provide an insight into what Emma is doing, and what she is telling us.
The only flaws that the book contains are to do with the main character. Emma is a little too visually perfect. Not that I have too much of a problem with that (being male), but laying that aside for a moment, she appears to have surprisingly more makeup than I would have thought would be neccessary for the rough and ready world of fishing. On a minor note, she seems to at one point in chapter 2, own a sports car, which again seems like an odd choice for someone going fishing. Finally, Emma's clothing is very flattering, and she often in some poses has the expression of a seductress or a bond girl, but which could do with a bit more expressiveness. Considering this was written and illustrated by David Overland (a man) I start to smell something fishy about this (excuse the pun). A lot of this is down to artistic licence I think, in the vein of a television presenter because despite these minor potholes, Emma is still a great character. She talks to the audience on the same level as them as opposed to talking down to them (like some writers tend to do, especially with glass-ceiling smashers like Emma). It makes her likeable, and a guide you wish you had!
In general, this is an excellent book, up-to-date, modern, and a great introduction to angling. For anyone who is an enthusiast, mildly interested, or simply wants to know more about the subject, I suggest that you invest in it. Even if you're not, it still makes an entertaining read.
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Have you ever thought of going fishing? Or wanted to improve the quality of your catch? Maybe Fishing With Emma is for you!
This is a helpful book created by David Overland and published by Merlin Unwin Books.
This Book is for everyone from a beginner to an experienced fisherman/woman. This book teaches you how to catch a whole range of fish including the Rudd, Carp, Barbel and many more.
Just take one look inside, I can guarantee it will keep you entertained for hours on end. Fishing with Emma contains helpful tips and a comic alongside.
This is useful because you can choose between reading the comic, which is simpler and easier to understand. Or the writing, which is complicated but is brilliant and contains so much information needed. I’d say the comic is better for beginners but the blocks of writing are helpful too, you can look at both if you like.
This is a very clever way of designing a book and gets the reader interested instantly and it definitely grabbed my full attention the minute I picked it up.
I wasn't very interested in fishing before and didn't really want to read the book but as soon as I picked it up I changed my opinion and I’m a beginner so this helped tremendously.
I am now fully aware of all the different species of fish and the kind of tackle needed for each individual fish.
I am also confident that I could go out to a fishery and fish well without too many problems.
I am very pleased with this book and am glad it has been brought to my attention.
I first heard about this book from a YouTube video, my friend brought this book to my attention after finding it online when researching some fishing tips.
I would recommend this book to everyone, old and young.
Fishing is a great sport to get into; you will be sat there for hours and not get bored at all.
It’s brilliant especially if you have a book handy like Fishing With Emma.
Fishing With Emma will also appeal to those who fish for certain species but want to try and catch some new ones.
This book focuses on coarse fishing if this interests you or is the type of fishing you do, purchase this book now online, or from your local tackle shop.