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Fishing (Eyewitness Companions) Paperback – 31 Mar 2008
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This title covers everything you ever wanted to know about fishing: from tackle, baits, lures, species and techniques, to where to fish. Whether you're a newcomer to fishing, or an experienced angler brushing up your skills, this is your perfect companion to every aspect of the sport. Pick up essential techniques on how to cast, play and land your catch whether you're course fishing for trout, or landing marlin on the open sea. Get yourself properly equipped following expert advice on rods, reels, lines, baits, lures, as well as clothing and accessories. Plus, discover the best places to go fishing with a superb directory of marine and freshwater species covering where you can find them across the world. This is an exciting addition to "Eyewitness Companions"; the visual reference series covering favourite hobbies and pastimes from whisky and opera to horse riding.
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This guide is like having a wise uncle who's a truly expert fisherman share his lifetime of expertise with you, pleasantly and enjoyably presented. Most of us don't have that wise old uncle, but fortunately it's all here in these 300+ pages.
This is the perfect orientation how-to for a beginner, explained interestingly and without either condescension or unnecessary complications. Read this and you'll be far more knowledgeable than when you began, and you'll have caught up on 300+ pages of facts, useful concepts and techniques that otherwise take years of trial and error to acquire.
I especially like the author's observations on fish behavior, ecology and psychology.
Just a great book. Both the author and the DK production team deserve kudos for this one.
Very high-quality paperback format. Virtually every page is extensively and intelligently illustrated with close-ups of what you want (and need) to know.
For anyone who loves beautifully designed and produced books, the DK series is a joy.
Hope this is helpful. Happy fishing and 'tight lines', everybody.
This small book is broken down in to quite usable sections. It starts with a brief history of fishing, which is quite well done in seven pages. We then have Getting Started, Fishing Tackle, Essential Skills, Fishing Strategies, Freshwater Bait and Lure, Saltwater Bait and Lure, Fly-Fishing, Fish Species, Freshwater Fish, Saltwater Fish and finally, World Fishing. Each of these sections or chapters is accompanied by photographs of the highest quality. Be warned though; in the section addressing Fishing Tackle, keep in mind that technology in this area changes almost as fast as computer technology and it can drive you crazy. This entire work is filled with good advice, wonderful tips and presents a good introduction to anyone wanting to take this sport up. There are not many aspects of sport fishing that this little book does not cover, at least superficially. Please do keep in mend though that the first true book on sports fishing was written around 1652, The Complete Angler, by Izaak Walton (a work I highly recommend), and that literature has been added to and made available year by year. I guess what I am trying to say is that you could fill several large libraries with books covering the subject of sport fishing, and that is not even counting the hundreds upon hundreds of magazine articles printed each year in this country alone. One small book of around 350 pages does not even scratch the surface.
What I did not like about this book: Very little, actually. I must admit that I got a bit of a chuckle out of the recommendations for gear, i.e. clothing. By the looks of it, the authors of this book feel that one should make a fashion statement and some of the outfits they recommend could cost the unknowing beginner several hundred dollars just for starters. Tip: Fish don't care what you look like. In fact, if fish have a sense of humor, they will take one look at you in some of these get-ups and go belly up with laughter, and you could just scoop them up. This is very unsportsman like! The most expensive item of clothing I have is an old set of waders which are about twenty five years old, and are covered with patches. Actually, come to think of it, they did not really cost me anything as I took them from a guy I use to fish with who broke the tip of one of my favorite fly rods through sheer stupidity. He has not spoken to me since, which is a blessing, as I did not care for him much to begin with.
This is an interesting, fact filed book. It will certainly be of great use to the beginner, and I feel that even the oldest grizzled fisherman or women will be able to pick up some new knowledge.
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