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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (September 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060087463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060087463
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Using a new line with the old formula of the trout fishing-road trip memoir, DiBenedetto, an editor at Field & Stream magazine, creates an original debut about striped bass fishing. Following the fall migration from Maine to North Carolina, the author captures the fish's rich history, which has seen it go from being one of America's premiere game fish to near extinction, and its present state as the prime example of how a fish population can rebound thanks to the joint efforts of fishermen, conservationists and politicians. The combination of history and science fleshes out the fishing scenes and makes the book more than a young man's romp down the coast. Adding to the local flavor at each stop is the cast of characters, some salty and some sweet, who accompany and guide DiBenedetto on his journey. Eschewing trite euphemisms for fresh interpretations of the natural world ("this wad of baitfish spinning like a disco ball"), DiBenedetto is both informative and entertaining. The imaginative language combined with forays into the uncharted waters of atypical sports like spearfishing, underwater videography and skishing (think ocean fishing without the boat) brings an adventuresome, open-minded attitude that much fishing literature lacks. Written during the fall of 2001, the book's high point is DiBenedetto and his young nephew's trip to New York Harbor when "a cloud still emanated" from ground zero. Fun and refreshing, DiBenedetto's book will hook fishermen and may even net its share of landlubbers as well. Illus., map.
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A story of the road, rod, and reel, this chronicle covers the author's fishing trip in 2001, which took him from Maine to North Carolina. DiBenedetto sought the striped bass on its autumnal migration southward, seeking not only the fish but also the subculture it inspires. He persuaded guides of local renown to show him around their fishing haunts. Ocean bass fishing turns out to be many things: obsessive, competitive, and equipped with etiquette one breaches at one's peril--cross a surf caster's line and you're dead. At one point, the author expresses concern that he might not survive a night of "skishing," in which one swims away from shore to fish the striper. He enters the Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby on Martha's Vineyard; tours the clubhouse of the Cuttyhunk Fishing Association, a Gilded Age hangout for wealthy devotees of the striped bass; and soaks up the urban ambience of fly-fishing. With background on the fish's environmental ups and downs, DiBenedetto's account will be of most interest to anglers. Gilbert Taylor
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Customer Reviews

Very entertaining, well written book for those interested in striped bass fishing.
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The author meets many colorful characters along his journey, that provide for an entertaining adventure.
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I read this book in two sittings, so don't start unless you have some time to spend reading.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Jazz on October 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
When a friend gave me a copy of "On The Run, I figured that I would skim through it and put it with all the other books that I'll never read again. After all, what do I care about striped bass, or the people who fish for them. I'm never wrong about these things. But this time, I wasn't as right as I'd like to be.
This book isn't about fishing. It's about a journey taken by a man who loves to fish and his contacts with a group of similarly-minded and sometimes unusual people. It's very well written and organized by a man with a great eye for detail and a fine sense of humor. Even better, it is replete with facts I never knew. In short, this book is a real page turner. ( started reading it in my porcelain study and only put it down after my feet and legs fell asleep).
This book is a definite keeper.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph D'Agostino on October 23, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Dave DiBenedetto's very readable and informative book.
As someone who has never gone fishing, I found it so refreshing. He did talk about his fascination with the awesome Stripers throughout the volume, -BUT, he weaves into the recounting of the stripers a lot of history, humor, local culture, unforgettable characters, and the flavor of familiar and unfamiliar venues up and down the east coast. Couldn't wait to turn the page and meet the next fun group of fanatical personalities on his trip.
Dave has quite a gift for keeping the narrative moving without losing his focus on the prize stipers.
I thought his subtle references to family members made him a warm, fuzzy author.
He is someone with whom I would feel very comfortable sitting down before a roaring fireplace, with a bit of refreshment and just swapping stories... -starting with stripers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "stephenmd" on September 17, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I consider myself a reader and a fisherman and I thought this book was super. DiBenedetto takes a great topic and uses a combination of nature, adventure, history and crazy characters to produce a book that is immensely entertaining. While hardcore fishermen will most definitely enjoy DiBenedetto's experiences and insights, just about everyone else is sure to be equally captivated (At one point I had to wrestle the book away from my girlfriend). DiBenedetto's smooth prose, upbeat tempo and abundance of material has resulted in a book that is as exciting as it is interesting.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
A truly enjoyable read, especially for someone who has spent no more than two hours of her life fishing. I originally bought the book for my husband, an avid reader and fly-fisherman, but after scanning the first couple of pages, I couldn't put it down. The story of DiBenedetto's journey down the East Coast is not only entertaining; it speaks of the rich history of a much-admired fish. With his fresh approach to writing full of captivating experiences, DiBenedetto is sure to reel you in from the very first page.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edbrook on September 18, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The best thing about this book is that it's more than a good fishing book, it's a good book. Period. Part angling exploration, part travelogue, part exploration of a rich subculture, this book succeeds because it transcends bounds and genres. I found it well-written, surprising, lively, and full of insightful humor. On the Run made me think that even though I'm not an avid fisherman I'd love to meet the fascinating folk who are. Most deftly, DiBenedetto makes me feel like I know the fish, the striped bass. In that way, he's part John McPhee. In other ways, he's part (no more-I won't get carried away) John Steinbeck. Do check this one out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John L. Mccarthy on October 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
On The Run is comprised of a series of great fishing stories wrapped around a collection of classic, and not so classic, fishing characters. While folowing the striper migration down the east coast, David Di Benedetto has captured the spirit of the fishing community. A little danger mixed in with a lot of locl knowledge, make this a priceless guide to fishing stripers. I read this book in two sittings, so don't start unless you have some time to spend reading.
Di Benedetto has uncovered a world of dedicated, make that fanatic, striper fishermen who share a respect for the fish and the environment. The book is rich in descriptions of over-the-top fishermen who live the sport and who share their knowledge about catching fish. This is an excellent read for the off-season when all you can do is dream about next season's runs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
How refreshing to read a book combining someone's passion for a sport with a natural phenomenon such as the striped bass migration. This book is as much about Mr. DeBenedetto's love of fishing and the striped bass migration as it is about a wonderful road trip. Maybe I'm partial because I caught a few beautiful stipers off of Nauset Beach (Cape Cod) a few years back but objectively....this is an excellent book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 2003
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An enjoyable travel log about "fishing" and life on the road. Compact defining details of each trip, well distilled. Treatment of the "Guides" is never fawning or promotional, as a fly fishing for Bass '01 title. The events of Sept. 11 were dealt with without distracting from the story.
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