Fish Fights: A Hall of Fame Quest Paperback – January 1, 2006
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"If you love fishing adventures with a fly rod, and want to understand the characters who do, this book will give you hours of pleasant reading."--Lefty Kreh
"Fish Fights really touched a chord with me. I have fished and loved the Florida Keys for over fifty years. Bob Rich brought me back to the memories of the waters, the guides, the relaxing life, but most of all, the champion gamefish."--Curt Gowdy
"In the reading of Fish Fights I was reintroduced to some of my favorite places, folks, and memories...But more importantly, in Bob Rich's Met Hall of Fame quest I was able to see the angling spark that was ignited in all of us so many years ago. Read Fish Fights for yourself and see the spark become a bonfire."--Flip Pallot
"Fish Fights is extremely well written...a truly outstanding book that is easy to read, filled with meaningful facts, and tells a fascinating story."--Mark Sosin
"Fish Fights is a fish story told well. It has all the necessary ingredients to separate it from the norm. Humor, crusty characters and most importantly the 'Quest,' are what fishermen like myself can relate to. Entertainment and helping to find the cure?...Count me in!"--Jose Wejebe
"Don't be fooled by the title...this book is about a lot more than just fish. Bob Rich has captured the essence of the characters that I've known for over 30 years."--Rick Ruoff
"The hardest type of fish writing is storytelling. Yet Bob has written a wonderful and adventurous journey through the different neighborhoods that each species required and through some of the most famous land sights. Filled with well-drawn characters and with great love and respect for the fish he is looking for and its environment."--Chico Fernandez
From the Back Cover
Consider his goals - to take ten species of gamefish, on specific types of tackle, with difficult-to-achieve minimum weight requirements: a twenty-five-pound barracuda, a twenty-pound permit, a twenty-five-pound dorado, a blue or white marlin, a twenty-five-pound wahoo, a nine-pound bonefish, a sailfish of any weight, a six-pound largemouth bass, a one-hundred-pound tarpon, and, finally, an eighteen-pound snook.
Fish with Rich as he probes the waters of south Florida and the Bahamas, searching for the ten species that will gain him entrance to the Hall of Fame. Enjoy the incredible highs he feels when finally catching a fish that qualifies; share with him the unfathomable lows when things go wrong, and he just can't catch a break on some of the gamefish.
- Item Weight : 1.23 ounces
- Paperback : 376 pages
- ISBN-10 : 159228809X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592288090
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Lyons Press (January 1, 2006)
- Language: : English
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On the negative side, the book has many errors that I found distracting, taking away from the book and the author's expertise (for example on p. 72 where he lists Panama as a prized bonefish location, or the next page where he says bonefish can strip off 250 yds of line in about 1 second; which equals a speed of 511 mph!!). It seems like perhaps the author while not an expert, he is a fishing enthusiast that happens to have enough money to hire good guides to help him get nice fish. And he tells fairly interesting stories about his quest for nice fish. Simply using a good editor would have helped remove these distractions. For example of a simple error, on page 190 he discusses a world record tarpon from Sierra Leon, then on the next page he states there are rumors of large tarpon seen off the coast of Africa. It doesn't seem to be rumor (and in fact is not as the coast of Africa is a known destination for huge tarpon).
If you are saltwater fishing fanatic that pursues the species the author targets, then I think you might enjoy this read.
Rich is no Hemingway, but he has some great stories to tell, and he tells them well.