3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2010
This book was recommended to me by "The Fish Whisperer"; the best fisherman I have ever known. It is not a book I would chose for pleasure reading. However if I want to know how any freshwater species will react to a given condition this book will tell you. For the serious fisherman looking for a good understanding of how a fish reacts this is the book he/she needs.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2008
This book does a great job of breaking down fish behavior, and relating it to their biology. Why do certain lures appeal to certain types of fish? How does the physical make-up of a type of fish affect its hunting strategy? Do fish learn to avoid lures and hooks?
While this book tends to focus a little more on the behavior of bass vs. other species, it surveys most everything, and most behavior can then be related to fish of similar biologies. While it may not be a book that says 'fish here with this lure at this time', it is a book that will give the reader a better understanding of why the fish is doing what its doing. Much more valuable in the long run, in my opinion. Definitely worth a read, especially over a long, cold winter, when time on the lake seems very far away.
on June 15, 2015
Best book on fish science applied to sport fish catching I've ever read. The big truth about fishing is that there is a lot of water and most of it has no fish. First thing is to find the fish. Second is find out what will they bite; third is to find out when. Sosin helps us answer these eternal questions by helping us understand what fish are designed to do (eat, avoid being eaten, breath, grow and reproduce), how they are variously designed to do that, and the nature of the watery worlds they live in. His focus is on how fish use their senses – seeing, hearing, touching & tasting – as a guidance system to find food (i.e., our bait). The information, comprehensive and clearly explained, is based mainly on scientific study and supplemented by his considerable experience as an angler. He also discusses the major environmental threats to fishery health. Although published more than 40 years ago, all the information is pertinent and up to date. Numerous illustrations (in hard cover) enliven and inform.