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From the Back Cover

The fast and easy way to get hooked on fishing

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

  • Safety advice

  • Recipes to turn your fillets into delicious meals

  • Advice on using live bait

  • Flies that work everywhere

  • How to tie popular fishing rigs

Learn to:

  • 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

Peter Kaminsky has written for Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, and The New York Times "Outdoors" column and is the author of numerous books on cooking and fishing.

Greg Schwipps' work has appeared in outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Indiana, Indiana Game & Fish, and In-Fisherman.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470930683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470930687
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on August 5, 2011
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My two youngest sons have discovered fishing and I bought this book as a fun how to look at everything they need to enjoy their new sport. The book has the basics for everyone presented in the fun yet serious about the subject books the 'Dummies' series is known for. As with all the Dummies books there is a humorous cartoon at the start of each chapter.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By OlyNomad on June 28, 2011
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I was very satisfied with this book, it is put together well and has loads of information in it. It covers about every area of fishing that you can think of and even some you wouldn't think of. I grew up fishing and I learned things while reading the book. I think it would be an excellent gift to give someone who is interested in fishing, whether just starting out or even someone that has spent a lifetime doing it. It includes the basics like bait, what to wear, casting, knots, tricking fish with lures, rods, reels, cleaning the fish, etc. and then has bonus areas like the color insert in the middle and "ten fishing lessons you don't have to learn the hard way", even some recipes and what to do with the fish after you catch it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dumitru on March 21, 2013
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I'm a beginner and I haven't read other fishing books. But from what I can see, it has a lot of information (349 pages, 23 Chapters, 11 pages of Table of Contents). I found the language and the descriptions simple for the beginner. It's full of pictures (drawings).
To better understand the book's contents, see my uploaded pictures.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Sullivan VINE VOICE on July 8, 2011
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This "Fishing for Dummies: Second Edition" book is an outstanding reference for anyone interested in taking up fishing. It's no substitute for an experienced guide, but you would get much more out of one if you have the prerequisite knowledge provided in this book.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Thomas... TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2011
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I have to say that I am partial to the dummy series of books. We go way back and I have a decent size collection of them. I always find them thorough, educational, and entertaining. And though its not always mentioned that much in reviews, they are also a bargain when you consider their size and price. Trust me when I tell you that I have run into a lot of reference books on the same subjects as the Dummies and many times they cost twice as much with half the information. This Dummy fishing edition is certainly no exception, and one of the best I have ever picked up. It's chock full of information, tips, facts, diagrams, lore, stories, and of course a generous amount of humor. Its as entertaining as it is informative. And probably best of all, like a lot of dummy books, it begins with an opening chapter that assumes you don't even know what end of a rod goes in the water. It's as elementary as it comes at the beginning and very seamlessly works up to more advanced technical info. Throughout the book the author has little side boxes with a humorous story or muse that relates something either funny that is lighthearted and a welcome distraction, or speaks of an experience that taught him something. In any event, these sidebars make the book that much more entertaining and thorough overall. I have seen where a couple of other reviewers have commented not so fondly at times on the authors recollections here and there where I am sure the fish has gotten bigger with every retelling. For me personally, not only do I enjoy hearing the occasional story, but I also feel I wouldn't trust any author or so called expert that didn't care to spin tales of the one that got away, or the one he fought for hours. Such fish stories and lore are as much a part of fishing as landing the so called big one.Read more ›
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