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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: 9.3 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I would recommend this book certainly to anyone interest in fishing.
Eric Stephan
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.
Skylark Thibedeau
I was very satisfied with this book, it is put together well and has loads of information in it.
OlyNomad

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Skylark Thibedeau 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. L. Holder on June 13, 2011
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Since I was a kid I have always fished the same areas, for the same types of fish, with the same techniques. After recently moving from Arizona to the Midwest, I realized it was very different here. I couldnt catch anything, and everyone around me was. I needed help, but unfortunately being new to the area I didnt know anyone who could give me some local fishing advice.

When I saw this book I just had to give it a try. While not going into depth on any type of fishing; technique, equipment, species, etc. It gives enough basic information to allow for a novice or inexperienced person to go out and learn. Fishing is a trial and error endevour, once you get the basic idea of what youre going after, you need to go learn the specifics on your own. After all, if you always catch the fish it wouldnt be any fun.

This book has enough information of types of fishing, different types of equipment, lures and baits, and techniques, that you can get what you need to know and head out to give it a shot. I went from catching nothing, to making some bait and lure changes, along with a new technique to try, and wound up catching some fish. I dont plan on entering a tournament any time soon, but it helped turn frustration by the lake into a fun day at the lake.

I would recomend this book to anyone who is new to fishing, or simply new to the area or type of fishing they are going to try. It is a great resource and an easy, enjoyable read.
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5 of 6 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mini_hakr on January 8, 2013
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While I'm no pro bass fisher you will see on ESPN, I've been fishing (and catching) bluegill, bass, catfish, salmon, seabass, lingcod, etc for years. I found the writing style compact, well edited, and informative - and I learned a few things about hooks, bait and overall stream/lake positioning. Overall - I give this book a big thumbs up for the intended audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By OlyNomad VINE VOICE 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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