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About the Author

Cliff Hauptman, author of Basic Freshwater Fishing (0-8117-2226-0), lives in Andover, Massachusetts.
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Product Details

  • Series: Step-By-Step Guide to Tackle and Know-How That Catch the Fav
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Stackpole Books (February 1, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811722260
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811722261
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 14, 2004
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I have to admit that, at first glance, I wasn't all that impressed with this book. Perhaps I was even a little disappointed when it arrived. There was nothing inside in color, some of the B&W photos in the early chapters were a little 'cheesy' and not a single thing I really needed, or wanted, to know immediately was referenced in the skimpy 2-1/2 page index. I put it aside for a week or two and first read all of the other fishing-related titles that I had ordered from Amazon.
HOWEVER...When I got into this book, I was really impressed by the thoroughness with which topics were covered. The title is very appropriate--it's a "basic" book. That implies that it's designed for beginners. I've done a lot of ocean fishing over the past half-century and it was a bit of a drag when I saw the first chapter's title: "What is Fishing? What is Tackle?" Nevertheless, it was a well-written and thoughtful chapter that set the tone for the rest of the work to follow.
After this intro, all the major "forms" of fishing are subsequently covered in individual chapters:--baitcasting, spinning, spincasting and flycasting. Mentions are made of trolling, later in the book, where boats, waders, tackle boxes and all types of other 'peripherals' are covered.
Mr Hauptman is not excessively opinionated, but he does offer his opinions when he foresees that a novice might become confused. Overall, he comes across as just the sort of man that any fisherman would like to have as a friend and mentor. When issues are controversial, he mentions the fact, states an opinion and justifies it. Then he invites his readers to just 'go out and try' what they've learned so far and to make up their own minds.
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By A Customer on September 17, 2000
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This is a wonderful book to give a newcomer to fishing enough of the basic know-how to get them started in recreational freshwater fishing. It is well-organized, well-written, and has enough information in it to warrant rereading several times over. It is a good confidence builder and a great early reference guide for a great recreational pastime.
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I was searching for another fishing book when I saw that Cliff Hauptman was still in print. Even though I was not a total novice, I learned a lot from this book. And panfishermen should note that this is practically the only book that addresses crappies, bluegills and like that.

I'm now an occasional fisherman, doing my best on extended backpacking trips to extend my diet with trout. Lightweight tackle is not a topic Hauptmann gives any ink to, and if you want to actually clean that fish you just caught, Hauptman is silent (but check out Mark Bittman's _Fish_ for good graphics and how-to).

Others have criticized the "cheesy" photos in this book. I don't get it. All the photos seem to be of Chris Hauptman and his wife demonstrating pole-handling techniques described in immediately related text--what more could you ask? Even though I'm a side-arm caster, Hauptman knows his stuff and makes it clear.

Negatives: Another reviewer liked the drawings of various fish species mentioned in the text, but the one on the cover is all anyone needs.
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I fished quite a bit growing up, but got away from it while in college. Recently I wanted to get back into it, so I needed some more grown-up gear. This book was quite valuable in helping me figure out what equipment I needed and what I didn't. The author's reccomendations of what lures to buy were especially helpful.
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I have started fishing more with my sons, so I thought it would be useful to buy a few books to make sure that I know the lingo, and do not make a fool of myself. Cliff Hauptman's books is a nice primer with lots of useful information. In it, he discusses the basic equipment and tackle needed, and various types of fish that are commonly sought. I found the information quite useful, and well worth the read. Some of the pictures and diagrams are not the best, but I felt more confident the next time I went out on the lake with my boys. Plus, we caught more fish, which is always nice.

If you are new to fishing, and looking for a quick read to get started, then I recommend this book. If you are more seasoned, this is probably not a great choice. Good luck, and see you at the lake.
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A good book for the beginning fisherman. I was disappointed that there was not more information on the presentation of the various artificial lures.
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This book is a valuable source of information for anyone who is interested in learning about all the basic elements of fishing. Regardless of age or fishing knowledge, this is a must have book. I totally enjoyed every chapter of it!
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I was given this book by my parents when I was in my early teens, and I read it so much I practically had it memorized at one time. That was around ten years ago, and I still enjoy going back to the book and brushing up on the basics occasionally. I highly recommend this book to anyone with little or no experience in freshwater fishing, or to a parent who wants to help a young person get started in the sport.
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