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Basic Freshwater Fishing: Step-by-step Guide to Tackle and Know-how that Catch the Favorite Fish in Your Area Paperback – February 1, 1988
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Salmon season is over & I still got skunked, but this book has quite a lot of background info, which I think will be useful in future.Published on February 3, 2014 by geezer2017
it's really good, information guide when you're on the go. I got it on my Kindle not the fire or anything but the old modle. I find it to be very helpful as a guide.Published on January 16, 2014 by James D. Perry
Since I am new to fishing this was very helpful. Now just to get my better half to read it.Published on December 17, 2013 by JOY WESCOTT
My son has been putting this book to good use since the day I gave it to him. There are a lot of helpful hints to make his fishing trip successful.Published on September 23, 2013 by Sunshine
Book is informative but obviously 'dated' in the types of equipment- but knew this when I bought it.
But, good value