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Poor illustrations, not much text.
on 7 September 2013
Almost a good book. Not bad, but could be much better.
Main gripe: the illustrations are sadly lacking colour-wise -I think this is due to being cheaply produced by people who've never seen fish with their skins on. Fish colouring can vary within species, but I've never yet seen a yellow and black mackerel!
The title states that this book is for the British angler, but info on each species is pretty minimal. Basic diet of each species eats is given, but brief suggestions for baits/lures rigs etc could be added. There would be space for this if the layout was improved within the current one-page-per-species paperback-sized format. There could also be more specific distribution info or even small maps like in bird books. A good number of species are covered, but there's no mention of slob/sea trout or Atlantic salmon although Coho salmon is there.
Given that this book might be used by anglers for species identification, and that there is already an alphabetical index of species at the front (which should be at the back!), I'd prefer the book to be in order of the physical appearance of fish rather than alphabetical. -So flatfish together; dogs, tope & sharks together; gurnards & gobies together; etc.