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Sowbelly: The Obsessive Quest for the World-Record Largemouth Bass Paperback – February 28, 2006
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Then this past weekend I was somewhere out in the middle of nowhere where I had read all of the books and magazines except for this one. And it was raining. And there was no TV.
So I picked it up. I figured I'd either kill an hour, or, more likely, end up napping. Three pages into the book and I was riveted. RIVETED. I finished the book last night, just a few days later. I don't think it's so much that this is a great book for people into Bass fishing, though I'm sure it is, but it's a great book for people who are interested in characters, in stories of drive, determination, ambition, guile and creativity. And that's everyone, isn't it? This story could have easily been about Olympic athletes or internet start-ups or anyone else who tries to be the biggest, the best or first. It's about how a quest shapes a person and effects everyone around them, including, and especially, their competitors. It's also extremely well written. While I'm sure he knows his fishing, Monte Burke writes in a voice that is friendly to the fishing ignorant. Sowbelly shouldn't just be marketed towards fishing people -- that completely turns someone like me away and I absolutely loved this book.
This book is not about catching the biggest largemouth bass in the world. It's about the men who try to catch the biggest largemouth bass in the world. (Don't worry though; Burke recites plenty of fishing tales.)
Their stories are all a bit different but, at their core, have many of the same elements. No matter if it's the anger and frustration of Bob Crupi or a desire to be the "biggest dog" like Mike Long, each and every angler - addict might be more accurate - displays a single-minded purpose; to catch the biggest largemouth bass in the world.
Sowbelly is a great read!
He also has dug deeper than anyone else uncovering a lot of information that no one knew, pulling it all together in a compelling way that helps us to understand the sacrificies made by those who strive to be the best or set a world record in any endeavor.
I will read it again and again and am highly recommending it to all my friends and you.
If you are even slightly interested in the key players of the race for the world record Lagemouth bass, you should probably buy this book. If you are a trophy bass angler yourself, such as I am, this book is a flat out neccessity.
Fish Chris [...]
I'd recommend that those who are interested in Weakley's potential record-breaker read this book--and that those who liked this book follow the ongoing story of record-hunting fishermen.
I remember seeing Bob Crupi in In-fisherman magazine years ago, when Lake Castaic was gaining national notoriety. This book closes the circle between those days and the present with a perspective that, though not completely an insider's, is very close to the action.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this used and am giving it as a Christmas gift. It was only slighltly worn as described.Published 5 months ago by Dana Hill
An engaging and entertaining read. Will be appreciated by fishermen and those who love a great tale alike.Published 12 months ago by Saro M
Great stories-- even you don't know about or know about and aren't really interested in fishing, this book will catch your attention and reel you in... Read morePublished 22 months ago by alalu
I am an outdoor writer and bass fish quite a bit. There were times in my life when I was obsessed with my search for big girls and nothing else seemed to matter. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Chris
A great book for fishers of any type! It's almost like a collection of short stories with each focused on the different aspects of bass fishing.Published on December 1, 2013 by Andy
loved the book because I am a fishing freak and it is not about technique but something all together different.Published on May 14, 2013 by Steve R.