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Fishing for Dummies Paperback – May 10, 2011
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From the Back Cover
For as long as we've been catching fish, they've been out-smarting us. But there are tips and pointers that even the most seasoned anglers can pick up! From trout to carp and bass to bonefish, this plain-English guide gives you coverage of the latest and greatest techniques to fish like a pro — and keep "The Big One" from getting away.
Go fish — find out how to take a fishing trip like a pro, from how to dress to finding and evaluating your fishing waters to familiarizing yourself with the types of fish you can expect to encounter
The reel deal on fishing gear — get advice on the equipment you'll need (and what you won't need) for freshwater and saltwater fishing
Hook, line, and sinker — get the bottom line on the best bait, lures, and flies you'll need to entice that next big bite
Book it or cook it — discover how to photograph your catch before it swims free, and get advice on how to clean and cook the catch of the day
Open the book and find:
A color section featuring fish and lures
New fishing tools and gadgets
How to choose the best gear for you
How to trick fish with lures
Common freshwater and saltwater fish
Recipes to turn your fillets into delicious meals
Advice on using live bait
Flies that work everywhere
How to tie popular fishing rigs
Catch the fish you want, and more of them
Choose the right gear and the right spots for fishing
Safely get the whole family involved
Get "The Big One" to bite
About the Author
Greg Schwipps' work has appeared in outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Indiana, Indiana Game & Fish, and In-Fisherman.
Top Customer Reviews
The book has a section on where to fish. How to be safe while fishing. What kind of fish there are to catch and where.
There is a section on rods, reels, and tackle. Advice on what type of line to use for what purpose. What kind of hooks to get and lures to buy.
A section on different fresh water and saltwater fishes and their behaviors. Plus a color section that matches fishes and lures that are good to use in catching them.
Fishing for Dummies is a great tool for the new Angler and even seasoned veterans can find new tricks from Peter Kaminsky and Greg Schwipps.
To better understand the book's contents, see my uploaded pictures.
The authors cover rods, reels and tackle which will save an inexperienced fisherman a whole lot of trouble when gearing up for that first trip - if you're the guy with a casting rod and a spinning reel you'll know why your bait keeps breaking off when casting. You'll discover the general lay of the aquatic land along with the accompanying sensible fish congregation theories as well. Overall the book is quite useful.
There's a nice, practical section on some useful knots, although I think the illustration for figure 15-5b is incorrect (over and under should be reversed), and may luck be with anyone trying to figure out what's happening with the surgeon's knot.
There is a "Fly Fishing for Dummies" book that expands on the subject more than what's covered here, but I do not understand the point in explaining the number of different flies without accompanying illustrations. We're supposed to be "dummies" (to the subject) after all, and I retained nothing useful from the ones I read word-for-word except for those with illustration. If you're going to eat up the reader's time with fly descriptions, then simply add images of them as well to make them useful.
The fishing techniques, cleaning procedures and preparation methods for the catch you intend to keep round the book out nicely. I probably would enjoy a section with a general summary on the time of year which is best for catching a few species of fish in certain regions.Read more ›
It covers just about everything in regards to fishing, from the basics to more advanced information. More importantly, it includes the "why" things are done the way they are.
I've fished six or seven states, in three distinct areas of the country, and each time I move, it's like starting to learn the process all over again. Believe me, fishing for white trout on the Gulf Coast is NOTHING like fishing for rainbow trout in mountain streams of the West!
Whether you are a serious fisherman or someone who just wants to be an efficient fisherman on your summer vacation, this book has information for you. It helps you understand why things work...or don't work, why you like certain types of tackle (or don't like them) and what kinds of tactics will work in what circumstances. It's great information to drag along for lazy summer afternoons in the hammock, armchair reading as the snow falls outside and you are dreaming of summer...or even while you are waiting for that elusive bite on your pole. I loved the book, and highly recommend it.
Some of the other reviews indicate its good for "women or novice fishermen" but it's hardly that narrow of a field that this book would assist them in understanding who, what, where, and how--often explaining in very clear terms exactly why something is an effective choice, even if the experienced fisherman doesn't know why they do (or don't do) something.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found a copy of this book in my local tackle shop, and studied it for a week before buying my first rod and reel and going on my first fishing expedition. Read morePublished 1 month ago by H. Wood
I just got into fishing this year, and I thought this book would be both resourceful and informative. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennette Nare
Meh. Really, really basic. If you've read the Wikipedia page on fishing, you don't need this bookPublished 3 months ago by Angry Bald Guy
I got this for my 12 year old grandson who is totally into fishing. He even watches fishing shows on TV! When he got this he said it was AWESOME which is good enough for me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Just Jennifer
My son loves it - it has given him some great advice! I really recommend this book for the beginner fisherman (woman).Published 6 months ago by Katiekates66
Great book and a lot of useful tips and information for the beginner fisherman.Published 6 months ago by Kavi Surana
Great beginner guide for a someone new to fishing. Easy to follow lessons plus a wealth of information to help anyone learn the basics of fishing. Read morePublished 6 months ago by sshays