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Fishing for Dummies Paperback – May 10, 2011
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For as long as we've been catching fish, they've been out-smarting us. But there are tips and pointers that even the most seasoned anglers can pick up! From trout to carp and bass to bonefish, this plain-English guide gives you coverage of the latest and greatest techniques to fish like a pro — and keep "The Big One" from getting away.
Go fish — find out how to take a fishing trip like a pro, from how to dress to finding and evaluating your fishing waters to familiarizing yourself with the types of fish you can expect to encounter
The reel deal on fishing gear — get advice on the equipment you'll need (and what you won't need) for freshwater and saltwater fishing
Hook, line, and sinker — get the bottom line on the best bait, lures, and flies you'll need to entice that next big bite
Book it or cook it — discover how to photograph your catch before it swims free, and get advice on how to clean and cook the catch of the day
Open the book and find:
A color section featuring fish and lures
New fishing tools and gadgets
How to choose the best gear for you
How to trick fish with lures
Common freshwater and saltwater fish
Recipes to turn your fillets into delicious meals
Advice on using live bait
Flies that work everywhere
How to tie popular fishing rigs
Catch the fish you want, and more of them
Choose the right gear and the right spots for fishing
Safely get the whole family involved
Get "The Big One" to bite
About the Author
Greg Schwipps' work has appeared in outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Indiana, Indiana Game & Fish, and In-Fisherman.
Top Customer Reviews
Evidence that this book works? After never fishing before, six weeks of study and practice resulted in a day when I caught 5 nice rainbows. It was a thrill.
To better understand the book's contents, see my uploaded pictures.
The book has a section on where to fish. How to be safe while fishing. What kind of fish there are to catch and where.
There is a section on rods, reels, and tackle. Advice on what type of line to use for what purpose. What kind of hooks to get and lures to buy.
A section on different fresh water and saltwater fishes and their behaviors. Plus a color section that matches fishes and lures that are good to use in catching them.
Fishing for Dummies is a great tool for the new Angler and even seasoned veterans can find new tricks from Peter Kaminsky and Greg Schwipps.
The authors cover rods, reels and tackle which will save an inexperienced fisherman a whole lot of trouble when gearing up for that first trip - if you're the guy with a casting rod and a spinning reel you'll know why your bait keeps breaking off when casting. You'll discover the general lay of the aquatic land along with the accompanying sensible fish congregation theories as well. Overall the book is quite useful.
There's a nice, practical section on some useful knots, although I think the illustration for figure 15-5b is incorrect (over and under should be reversed), and may luck be with anyone trying to figure out what's happening with the surgeon's knot.
There is a "Fly Fishing for Dummies" book that expands on the subject more than what's covered here, but I do not understand the point in explaining the number of different flies without accompanying illustrations. We're supposed to be "dummies" (to the subject) after all, and I retained nothing useful from the ones I read word-for-word except for those with illustration. If you're going to eat up the reader's time with fly descriptions, then simply add images of them as well to make them useful.
The fishing techniques, cleaning procedures and preparation methods for the catch you intend to keep round the book out nicely. I probably would enjoy a section with a general summary on the time of year which is best for catching a few species of fish in certain regions. The authors seem to be east coast experienced, yet good enough to cover Pacific waters where applicable.
There's a bit more room for improvement, so it may confuse someone that I give it five stars. It's because I love this book, and four stars is for "I like it," so it would be unfair for me to give it only four. It's an easy read: enjoyable, practical and entertaining, and that justifies my five-star rating.
I do have to say that I was disapointed to find that the ebook version does not include the color section of the pictures of the different types of fish as well as the color illustrations of the typical fish locations in the different bodies of water as referred in the book.
I have found that the format of some of the ebooks from the Kindle store are poorly formated and the illustrations do not relate to the reference in the book.