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Denny Brauer's Jig Fishing Secrets Paperback – August 1, 1997
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Award winning writer and photographer, Monte Burch has written about bass fishing for almost three decades for all the major bass fishing and outdoor magazines. He is the author of almost 70 books.
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This book is old, written and delivered during a time when jig fishing was only breaking though as a successful tactic to those 'in the know,' and is a rather revolutionary meditation on all aspects of jig fishing. I think this book only comes across as monotonous because, as a tactic surviving for over twenty years in the limelight, all the little 'secrets' are no longer secrets to the majroity of the bass fishing world.
This all being said in defense, I was still blown away by this book, even as a fishermen that had already read and deciphered all their was to know abotu jig fishing. I consider this book to be much akin to a meditative exercise, a tool to help the reader focus on what it is to fish with a jig. It is nearly two hundred pages in length, covering EVERYTHING, and it is all gathered in to one spot. Kind of like a practice ACT test, it brings all you need to know to the forefront.
Where I think this book excels, and in a way that I have yet to see it accredited for, is that the author does a good job applying Brauer's own words and vernacular to on-water examples, allows Denny's stories from real-life occurences help the reader visually apply the facts in a real-world manner. What I mean is, you see Denny's thought processes in reflection to specific scenarios. And they are detailed rundowns, no generic "...deh waters murky so use something dark..." kind of references to conditions. He tells you of specific lakes, tournaments, water/weather conditions, speed and presentation of lures and why...and how these choices were changed in the next day of the tournament and why. Basically, His thought process is laid out to us as novice anglers, and I truly believe that is an EXTREMELY RARE insight into fishing. I have read thousands of pages on fishing this winter, and in no book have I came across this form of teaching.
All in all, yes, you have heard the barebones facts seen in this book in a hundred magazine articles by now. But, you have never seen them presented so in-depth and with so much natural thought...from the dude that helped pioneer the tactic. You don't just get the 'fish black and blue," sort of facts, but the, "I fish black and blue when the fish are______and the water temperature is______because I found out on Lake X that when..." The reasoning is delivered, the reasons why the facts of jig fishing are now facts and not theories. From the mouth of the inventor.
Overall, I thought the book lacked in detailed information. The diagrams and maps were quite rudimentary and Denny Brauer talked quite a bit about how his jig by "Strike King" is superior. Plugging his product prevented him from detailing how different jig designs might be a better choice in specific situations.
If you're an advanced bass fisherman, I can't recommend this book but if you're new to using jigs for bass, this book is a good start.
It reads like one long advertisement for the jig he designed for his sponsor. Reading it left a feeling
of being ripped-off.