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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (April 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764550284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764550287
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #946,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

You know the saying: Give a man (or woman) a fish, and you give him dinner; teach a man (or woman) to fish and he'll have dinner for the rest of his life. The always entertaining and instructional "... for Dummies" series reeled in witty outdoors writer Peter Kaminsky to keep the rest of us fed--as in food for the table and food for thought--with this step-by-step guide to pretty much every right and obtuse angle on angling. As with all the books in the series, Fishing is filled with punchy advice, plenty of diagrams, and a series of Top 10 lists that should bag aspiring fishers hook, line, and sinker.

From the Back Cover

"This book rates two fins up for anyone wanting a crash course on fishing." Endless Vacation magazine "If you're a beginning angler or a know-it-all — you'll find something new" Joan Stoliar, Director, Project Access Praise for Fishing For Dummies® "With his trademark blend of supreme scholarship and keen wit, Peter Kaminsky has committed an act of true piscatorial worth." — Gary Soucie, Editor, American Angler "Fishing for Dummies taught me some new tricks — and made me laugh along the way." — Tom Rosenbauer, Author, The Orvis Flyfishing Guide

Catch the latest on freshwater and saltwater fishing

Explore the world of fishing — hook, line, and sinker — with this friendly guide. From trout to tarpon and bass to bonefish, these easy-to-follow pictures and tips will help you prepare for what awaits beyond the shore. Discover how to be in the right place, at the right time, with the right gear, and reel 'em in!

Discover how to: Identify types of fish, lures, bait, and knots Choose and use your gear Pack your tackle box like a pro Develop your casting style Clean and cook your catch of the day

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Customer Reviews

I recommend this book for the beginning angler.
William Heberle
The auther has not been even been fishing for what I think is a long time.
J. Charlier
Instructions in this book are quite easy to follow.
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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By "gjgardner" on August 6, 2001
Format: Paperback
Panic set in when a friend invited me on a weekend fishing outing with a group of experienced outdoorsmen. Having never landed a lunker in my life, I had slap-stick visions of hooking myself with lures, upended fishing boats, and general ridicule from a bunch of plaid-shirted Grizzly Adamses. Fishing For Dummies saved me from this humiliation and actually turned me into a fisherman. In a fun and readable format, it taught me everything I needed to know: what kind of rod and reel to get, how to equip the tackle box, what kind of bait to use, and most importantly, how to actually fish. Fishing For Dummies literally teaches you how to cast the line into the water, how to attract and hook the critters, and how to reel them in and land them. I ended up catching the two largest trout of the weekend and enjoyed myself to boot. If you need a quick, readable reference to get you started in this sport, this is the book for you.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By M. Antalek on August 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
As with almost all the "for Dummies" books I have, the reading is quite easy. The author keeps this book moving right along while providing you with in-depth info on eveything from knots, lures, rod action to what to wear under your waders. This book, although they would lead you to believe is for novices to pros, is definitely geared toward the beginner. If you have been fishing for a while there probably isn't any thing new to learn here. Try getting a specialty book if you need to focus on a particular area of angling skills. All in all this book does provide vast amounts of quality information for those just starting out.
Note: A great feature of this book is its list of websites and books in the appendix. I found these lists to be very useful tools in continuing my research of the great outdoors.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1998
Format: Paperback
I knew next to nothing about fishing, except that there's a lot to learn. This book covers all the basics very clearly, in a very organized way. I read it straight through, cover to cover, and now feel I have a good idea of what to do, what fish or conditions all the different baits and lures are for, how to to use them, how to tie them on, etc. etc. The book can also be used as a reference--you can skip around and pick up info on just the areas you're interested in. Definitely a good choice.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MLW on August 13, 2002
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I am new to fishing, not throwing a pre-rigged line into the water and waiting, but FISHING. I am a single woman who used to have a man do everything for me. Now I am on my own and wanted to learn what to really do to catch fish! This book taught me the basics in easy to understand language with a little humor thrown in so I didn't feel like a dummy at all. There's always more to learn, but this book helped me get out there with the big boys and give them a run for their money! A definite must-have for your fishing library.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Blaine T. Jones on April 22, 2003
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I bought this book about a year ago and still refer to it every now and then. Most likely it's not a book you'll really want to sit down and read cover-to-cover. But it makes for nice reading when you're sitting down relaxing and thinking about fishing when you can't actually be out on the water.
The author seems to cover a good bit of ground and for a couple of questions I still had, he was pretty responsive to e-mail as well.
All the different kinds of rods, reels, lines, hooks, artificial bait, live bait, knots, etc. are covered.
All-in-all, worth the money and your time.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful By R. Knight on February 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
While I am usually quite pleased with the "for dummies" type of books because they are truly a "reference for the rest of us," this one does not deliver on the latter promise. While it is fun to read and easy to understand, I learned nothing from reading this and I am only a casual fisherman at best, going on what my dad taught me over 25 years ago when I was just a boy. I think if you had no idea what you were doing at all this might be a good "get started" book, but if you know what a rod and reel are and how they work, how hooks and lines are gauged and how to hook your bait, I don't think this book will teach you very much. It also introduces a lot of new things to the beginner (such as telling you what the basic types of lures are), but tells you nothing in terms of tips for catching fish any better with these items.

While the author enthusiastically peppers in "fish stories" about huge and numerous fish he has caught all over the world, it is interspersed with basic introductory information that gives no clue to the average fisherman of how he can ever accomplish the same things. In fact, most of us can't afford to go to exotic locales and pay fishing guides who take us out on boats that the author talks about so I have no idea why these stories are in there.

All in all, if you are absolutely clueless about fishing and have no one to ask or who will take you fishing this might be helpful, but otherwise I would recommend skipping it.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1999
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This book isn't just for dummies--it's for everyone with any interest in fishing. The author really knows his stuff and shares everything in a fun, clear and comprehensive fashion. This book quickly answered a hundred little questions I've long had about fishing--but was a bit too shy to ask anyone for fear of sounding a bit like a dummie. No longer. I've now got THE book on fishing. Do not hesitate to buy it. It's terrific! (My congratulations and thanks to the author!)
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