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Length: 319 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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About the Author

Sandy Macfarlane, grew up and has always lived near the sea she loves. The first municipal Shellfish Biologist in Massachusetts, later Conservation Administrator for Orleans, she was responsible for the town's comprehensive shellfish programs. Her first book, Rowing Forward, Looking Back is a clam's eye view of Mother Nature vs. human nature. She later collaborated with Tiggie Peluso, a local fisherman, with whom she had shared shellfish experiences - on opposite sides of the law.

Tiggie Peluso arrived on Cape Cod in 1946 after serving in the Army in World War II, to begin a career in commercial fishing. He became proficient in four separate types of fishing - longlining for cod, haddock and halibut; shellfishing for scallops, quahaugs, and clams; rod and reel and flyfishing for striped bass; and fresh water fishing - an unusual achievement. He was one of the founding members and president of the Chatham Seafood Coop, the second largest fisherman's cooperative in New England. His early fishing experiences, come to life in Tiggie. He passed away in 2008.


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  • File Size: 4654 KB
  • Print Length: 319 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: iUniverse (November 11, 2008)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041D8ERI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,309 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Louise Kane on July 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
as a correction to some of the reviews of Tiggie, my father wrote the manuscript that was the basis for this book. While the interviews created the backdrop to weave together the stories, the manuscript was used verbatim as chapters in the book that related to the fishing. Thus, most of the writing and words were my father Tiggies'. This is an important distinction. My Dad spent a lot of time writing those stories! He was a great storyteller, a great fisherman and a great Dad.
Louise Kane
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Jensen on March 29, 2008
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I have been investigating commercial fishing for almost a year. I understand what is good and what needs to be corrected. Reading about Tiggie gave me insight into what I saw years ago but didn't know that I didn't know. The biggest thing is fish congregate in multiple types, not one species at a time. This is causing extreme problems for fishermen and consumers. Read this book and get educated and entertained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James T. Walpole on December 8, 2012
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The book is the personal story of the pursuits of a local fisherman on the lower Cape. It describes the trials, and rewards "Tiggie" experienced during the many phases of his life. A great read.
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Raised in Chelsea, Masachusetts, Tiggie Peluso could have easily chosen a life of crime. His father was a bookie for the Mob, so he certainly had the opportunity. But no, Tiggie chose to move to Cape Cod and earn a hard, honest living as a commercial fisherman.

Tiggie: The Lure and Lore of Commercial Fishing in New England, by Sandy Macfarlane (paperback, 292 pp, iUniverse Star, $22.95), opens a window into the obscure world of commercial fishing as practiced on the Cape in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Macfarlane spent months interviewing Tiggie, who shared with her what a difficult enterprise earning a living from the sea was. There were no electronics. Navigation was by compass, weather was read by observing the sky, fishing spots located with a sounding lead covered in grease or wax. Tiggie survived some of his friend's drownings and suicides, his own troubled relationships with women, his struggles to make ends meet.

It would be easy to romanticize a book like this. To her credit, Macfarlane doesn't. The book is authentic, some passages almost raw. There's humor, too. It's a good read.

Tiggie was the first person to become a freshwater fishing guide on the Cape, which I found particularly interesting.

Tiggie won't be for everyone, and it won't win a Pulitzer Prize. But to those who have a love of fishing, or an interest in Cape Cod, it's fascinating stuff.
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