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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: International Marine/Ragged Mountain Press; 2 edition (September 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071427880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071427883
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The definitive book." - Cruising World; "Complete and thorough. Scott and Wendy Bannerot are giving their fellow sailors the gift of an abundant life on the sea." - Blue Water Sailing; "If you travel with your boat, this book should be a permanent part of your on-board library." - Big Game Fishing Journal; "Now there is no excuse not to catch breakfast, lunch or dinner while underway." - Latitudes & Attitudes; "This book is a great catch." - Sailing; "Every culture has its bible, and until now, there wasn't one for the voyager with a passion for catching fish." - Ocean Navigator

From the Publisher

You want to catch fish? You must learn to think like one. No one has spent more time pondering the wily ways of underseas creatures than Scott and Wendy Bannerot. They impart a boatload of hard-earned knowledge and practical advice gleaned from an unparalleled background in commercial fishing, the fiercely competitive Islamorada, Florida Keys sportfishing fleet, and extensive long-distance cruising. From the backwaters and shallows to the deep blue sea, if there are fish to be had, the Bannerots get them. You want to catch fish? Read this book. --Herb McCormick, Editor, Cruising World Magazine "Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing is jam-packed with solid advice on tackle and techniques proven to catch fish almost anywhere in the world's oceans. It's clear that Scott and Wendy Bannerot have gone out there and actually done it." --Barry Gibson, Editor, Salt Water Sportsman "Cruising sailors are legendary for their inability to catch fish, and it isn't for lack of trying. With the publication of Scott and Wendy Bannerot's definitive book there is no excuse not to catch breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Having fished with Scott and Wendy many a day, I've witnessed their uncanny abilities firsthand. This future classic is destined to be on every sailboat and motor cruiser." --Peter Jenkins, best-selling author of Along the Edge of America and A Walk across America "It's hard to imagine anyone else in the world writing this book this well. The Bannerots combine their remarkable sailing and cruising experience with a tremendous knowledge of fish and love of catching them, offering both novices and seasoned veterans a definitive work replete with fascinating anecdotes and specific information." --Doug Olander, Editor in Chief, Sport Fishing Magazine "On top of all their other fishing advice, Scott and Wendy Bannerot include here a fine introduction to fly-fishing for the experienced cruiser. In a nutshell: keep it simple and don't be intimidated. All over the world, cruisers will find themselves in places where they'll want to leave the heavy gear in the racks and grab the fly rod. The Bannerots will help them get into fish." --Jim Butler, Editor in Chief, Fly Rod & Reel Magazine "This is the ultimate guide to harvesting the sea. It should be aboard every cruising boat." --Steve Dashew "This is one of the most comprehensive, easy to read, 'how-to-fish' books I've come across. It covers the whole gamut of fishing techniques from how to catch your bait and rig your gear to processing your catch, all from the perspective of a cruising yacht. A great informative reference and a good read." --Wade Whitelaw, Fisheries Research Scientist, Secretariat of the Pacific Community "This is more than a first-class instruction manual on fishing for ocean cruisers. It is a wonderful reference work that will make fishing easier and more productive regardless of the equipment you have available or the exotic location you choose to wet a line." --Gary Caputi, The Big Game Fishing Journal "Cruising and fishing coincide in most coastal locales, so why not keep some fishing tackle aboard your boat--and a copy of The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing with it? Scott and Wendy Bannerot have created a blueprint for sailboaters or power cruisers on the best ways to use their tackle." --Joe Healy, Editor, Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine "Scott and Wendy Bannerot's writing is wonderful; it's both authoritative and inclusive, as if some grizzled fisherman threw his arm around your shoulders and patiently explained the essentials of fishing as you walked down the dock. Not only will voyagers benefit from the ample technical detail, they'll also be captivated by the stories that bring the subject to life and illuminate our timeless fascination with fishing." --Tim Queeney, Editor, Ocean Navigator --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

A lot of good information in the book .
Cmac
And yet the clear writing, logical sequence, and abundant use of illustrations would make the reading accessible to even an inexperienced angler.
Jack Donachy
Has everything from catching the fish to landing it, cleaning it and even recipes for cooking it.
Caboco

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This is an excelent source book for the voyaging sailor,or anyone, who wants to learn how to have better success when fishing the worlds oceans. The authors have cruised extensively aboard their yacht,Ian, and have a background in marine biology. They have a unique perspective into how you can increase your success rate in having fun while catching dinner. Topics cover equipment selection, tips for catching specific species, toxicity issues, and much more. Even if you are not cruising the Seven Seas, you will learn a lot about offshore fishing from this book. I reccomend it.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By M. Bennett on July 14, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have done quite a bit of crusing, fishing and diving but I always wanted to learn how to clean and prepare the fish myself. The book gave some very good insight into this but I didn't think it was detailed enough. The books starts out with the basics of fishing while crusing and then on to every theme possible: 1.) Fishing under power or sail 2.) Gear and Tackle (excellent drawings for knot tying) 3.)Offshore Trolling 4.)Adrift or Anchored 5.)Dingy Techniques 6.) Walking, Wading and Diving 7.) Tools and Nets 8.) Arranging your vessel for fishing 9.) Processing your catch 10.) Medical Considerations for the Crusing Fisher 11.) Getting the most from your new crusing skill 12.) A guide to Edible Fish and Invertebrates ( would be much better in color as I have not seen many fish come up black and white) 13.) Seafood recepies
If you are planning any type of crusing for a longer period of time. This is an absolute must have. A transatlantic or gulf stream crossing can sometimes get boring and knowing these skills take out a lot of the intimidation a lot of us have about fishing and cleaing our own catch.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By annawest on April 25, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Kindle edition had photos, tables and figures as far as the beginning of Chapter Two. After that, none. No pictures of the lures, hooks etc mentioned in the text. Despite being clearly written and very informative, without these illustrations, much value is lost.
Can anyone suggest where or how I might be able to download the tables and figures separately?
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By ---- Neil H. on May 29, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a long, detailed book that gives you all the info you could want on living off the ocean. Be advised, there is no fresh water information in the book. That being said, if you want to improve your ability to catch fish at sea, this book has it all.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dividist on May 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
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Last month I helped a friend deliver his sailboat from Cabo to San Diego - a 5 day cruise. A well-worn dog-eared (and signed!) copy of this book was on board. I used the book to figure out knots, rig a hand-line, select and position the lure and properly kill, bleed and fillet a bonita tuna (actually two). Also used recipe suggestions in the book to prepare sashimi, ceviche, and seared tuna. Results are in the video. If you are cruising and fishing, you need this book.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scott on February 27, 2006
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I found this book to be both easy to read and very informative.. I have little to no knowledge of fishing and I found a wealth of practical hands on advice in this book. It seems to cover the subject in depth and lucidly with lots of antedotal stories to illistrate the topic. There are also lots of pictures and diagrams showing and illistrating what is being discussed. At the end of every chapter the authors also give a detailed suggested equipment list to help you get started with hands on application of that type of fishing.

I have not had a chance to put this into practice but I no longer feel bewildered about how to get started or how to catch what with what equipment.

I highly recommend this book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jack Donachy on July 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
In The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing, Scott & Wendy Bannerot have given blue water cruisers all the information needed to successfully find, catch, land, prepare, store and dine on the ocean's bounty. Of the hundreds of books on angling I've read, this is probably the most detailed and comprehensive treatment of a specific topic I've come across. And yet the clear writing, logical sequence, and abundant use of illustrations would make the reading accessible to even an inexperienced angler. The Bannerot's cover everything from simple, effective handline techniques to flat-line trolling with conventional and spinning gear to full-blown big game trolling complete with teasers and outriggers. Well-illustrated treatments of lure and live bait rigging would make this book useful to virtually any offshore angler. There are also detailed discussions of diving for mollusks and crustaceans as well as spearfishing.
The main objective of the book is helping people harvest food. In keeping with that objective, there are detailed sections featuring a variety of ways to preserve one's catch while at sea (these methods would apply to those who take their catch back to land, too), and the Bannerot's have included a few of their favorite recipes.
Ichthyologists--and others interested in accurate descriptions of fish species--will appreciate that the Bannerot's have included the scientific names for the various species they describe and, when using common names, give the approved American Fisheries Society nomenclature. This is an excellent book, and if you fish the ocean from a boat--or even aspire to--you will want a copy for your library.
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