Over 33 million people fish in this country. They went on over 455 million fishing trips and spent more than $41 billion on fishing expenses. And what’s almost as good as going fishing? Hearing, telling, and swapping great fish stories. Shaun Morey is a fisherman, a connoisseur of fish stories, and a journalist with a novelist’s eye (and vice versa) whose first collection, Incredible Fishing Stories, has 471,000 copies in print. In the years since that book’s publication, Morey has continued to reel in jaw-dropping tales, and the result is a new collection of over 100 even more incredible fishing stories. Here are Remarkable Catches—like the time Billy Sandifer caught a 1,000-pound tiger shark in the surf (he released it after nabbing a souvenir tooth). Grueling Battles—like Bob Ploeger’s record-breaking 37-hour fight with a Pacific salmon. Hilarious Feats of Bravery, like the exploits of Matt Watson, who leapt out of a helicopter to land on the back of a marlin. And, in what can only be considered poetic justice, Shocking Acts of Fish Aggression, like Mitchell Lee Franklin’s visit to the emergency room with a 5-pound catfish attached to his chest via an impaled dorsal fin. Includes illustrations, photos, and links to videos on the author’s website.
From a grueling 37-hour fight with a Pacific salmon to the maimed fisherman whose severed thumb turned up in the belly of a Mackinaw trout. From extraordinary marlin quests to hair-raising tales of "fish catches man," here are fishing's 80 most unpredictable and spectacular tales. To get them, Shaun Morey-a fanatical fisherman and inveterate story collector-traveled from Alaska to Australia, Mexico, and the Caribbean to interview anglers, boat captains, guides and witnesses; to dig up photographs, and to confirm each tale. You'll read about Captain Jimmy Lewis who, in a moment of sheer bravado (or insanity), speared by hand-and landed-a 1,600-pound hammerhead shark. Or Bob Smith, fulfilling his twenty-year quest to catch all forty species of North America's wild trout on the bitter cold morning after his eighty-first birthday. Or the 800-pound blue marlin that made a final lunge-ripping up the deck and dragging a chair, with Paul Clause strapped in it, to the bottom of the ocean. (Paul survived; so did the marlin.) Truth is stranger than fiction.
From the author of the wildly successful Sports Hall of Shame series comes, The Amazing but True Fishing tales. Its amusing and amazing fishing foibles and factoids are sure to hook anglers of all ages. From the one that got away to the big catch you had to see to believe, anglers love a good fishing story. And Amazing but True Fishing Tales is stuffed to the gills with incredible tales and remarkable feats of freshwater, saltwater, professional, and amateur fishing. The stories within Amazing but True Fishing Tales are all new and span from the turn of the 20th century to present day. Fishing enthusiasts will be amazed as they splash into stories that include great battles with fish, crazy accidental catches, bizarre fishing methods, outrageous angling mishaps, and astounding record breakers. Readers will learn how a man lost his class ring fishing, but got it back 18 months later after it was found in the belly of a fish at a processing plant 140 miles away. Then there's the remarkable tale of the angler who used his rod and reel to hook and save a drowning woman.Then, there's the story about an Arkansas fisherman who set a world record in 2001 by using Spam for bait to catch a catfish that weighed more than your average junior high-school kid. With its true tales, angling antics, and fish-filled facts, Amazing but True Fishing Tales will be the latest great catch of fishing enthusiasts everywhere.
Author: Jonathan Franklin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2015-11-17
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
“The best survival book in a decade” (Outside magazine), 438 Days is the true story of the fisherman who survived fourteen months in a small boat drifting seven thousand miles across the Pacific Ocean. On November 17, 2012, a pair of fishermen left the coast of Mexico for a weekend fishing trip in the open Pacific. That night, a violent storm ambushed them as they were fishing eighty miles offshore. As gale force winds and ten-foot waves pummeled their small, open boat from all sides and nearly capsized them, captain Salvador Alvarenga and his crewmate cut away a two-mile-long fishing line and began a desperate dash through crashing waves as they sought the safety of port. Fourteen months later, on January 30, 2014, Alvarenga, now a hairy, wild-bearded and half-mad castaway, washed ashore on a nearly deserted island on the far side of the Pacific. He could barely speak and was unable to walk. He claimed to have drifted from Mexico, a journey of some seven thousand miles. 438 Days is the first-ever account of one of the most amazing survival stories in modern times. Based on dozens of hours of exclusive interviews with Alvarenga, his colleagues, search-and-rescue officials, the remote islanders who found him, and the medical team that saved his life, 438 Days is an unforgettable study of the resilience, will, ingenuity and determination required for one man to survive more than a year lost and adrift at sea.
A wonderful collection of tales of adventure with rod and line. This eclectic collection includes thrilling battles with monsters of the deep, epic acts of endurance and more poetic pieces on secret spots where legendary fish are said to lurk. There is something for everyone and no expert knowledge is needed to delight in these tales. The stories have an international range and cover all types of fishing from open ocean to mountain stream. Journey from frozen Russian rivers to wild jungles in India. Shiver at eerie tales and thrill at record breaking catches. There are stories of the ones that got away as well as the catches that set records. Fly fishermen will delight in the many tales of salmon, trout and more exotic sport from Scottish Highlands to the mangrove swamps of Venezuela. Sailfish, tuna, conger and shark are among the creatures caught offshore and each true tale is recounted with the knowledge of an accomplished fisherman and the skill of a writer who knows how to reel the reader in.
A collection of more than 150 comics from popular cartoonist Jonny Hawkins. Any fisherman who has ever been annoyed by the braggart fisherman loudly celebrating every single catch or who has ever wondered what goes through the minds of fish as they watch the hook descend upon them will be in good company here. Fabulous Fishing Funnies finds something funny in every possible fishing scenario, some realistic, others more imaginative. Reluctant relatives feasting on stuffed fish for Thanksgiving, a knight fishing with night crawlers, and a grizzly juggling fish are all featured. In this second volume of comics for anglers, Jonny Hawkins’s humor turns on hilarious wordplay and comical contradictions, celebrating the absurd in mundane situations. The next time you’ve been waiting forever to feel a bite, remember these cartoons and you may just find your mood lifting instead. With more than 150 original, beautifully illustrated, and playfully captioned cartoons, this collection of fishing antics is sure to become a classic from syndicated cartoonist Jonny Hawkins. The perfect gift for anyone who has ever laughed at himself or a friend while fishing, Fabulous Fishing Funnies is page after page of laughs. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for fishermen. Our books for anglers include titles that focus on fly fishing, bait fishing, fly-casting, spin casting, deep sea fishing, and surf fishing. Our books offer both practical advice on tackle, techniques, knots, and more, as well as lyrical prose on fishing for bass, trout, salmon, crappie, baitfish, catfish, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Author: Nick Lyons
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: 2014-11-18
Genre: Sports & Recreation
All fishermen who have fished for a lifetime have baskets of great stories and reminiscences about the sport they love. Nick Lyons’s new collection is chock-full of them. From fishing a small Catskill creek and catching a huge brook trout when he was barely out of infancy to long opening day treks during his teens, and then on to fishing in France, Iceland, Key West, Montana, and widely elsewhere, Nick has spent a lifetime on the water. Fishing Stories features tales about bass, bluefish, tarpon, stripers, bluegill, and many other species as well as portraits of many of the unusual people with whom he has fished. Lyons describes a long, hilarious day with a character named Hawkes in one story, and then the next features a father and son on a Western lake. Through these memories, Lyons shows the comfortable pleasure of fishing waters close to home that one knows just about as well as his or her closest friends. Stories describe days of discovery and adventure on new waters; fishing with famous fishing writers, and new friends, and a granddaughter; and fishing in a little pond he built during the years he refers to as his Indian summer. An unforgettable fight with a gigantic fish in a Western river and simpler days fishing for bluegill and pickerel are also documented. No fisherman of any stripe will fail to find stories that echo his or her own experiences, and all will come closer to understanding the passion that drives all serious fishermen. Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for fishermen. Our books for anglers include titles that focus on fly fishing, bait fishing, fly-casting, spin casting, deep sea fishing, and surf fishing. Our books offer both practical advice on tackle, techniques, knots, and more, as well as lyrical prose on fishing for bass, trout, salmon, crappie, baitfish, catfish, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date: 2014-05-22
From childhood on, Ernest Hemingway was a passionate fisherman. He fished the lakes and creeks near the family’s summer home at Walloon Lake, Michigan, and his first stories and pieces of journalism were often about his favorite sport. Here, collected for the first time in one volume, are all of his great writings about the many kinds of fishing he did—from angling for trout in the rivers of northern Michigan to fishing for marlin in the Gulf Stream. In A Moveable Feast, Hemingway speaks of sitting in a café in Paris and writing about what he knew best—and when it came time to stop, he “did not want to leave the river.” The story was the unforgettable classic “Big Two-Hearted River,” and from its first words we do not want to leave the river either. He also wrote articles for The Toronto Star on fishing in Canada and Europe and, later, articles for Esquire about his growing passion for big-game fishing. Two of his last books, The Old Man and the Sea and Islands in the Stream, celebrate his vast knowledge of the ocean and his affection for its great denizens. Hemingway on Fishing is an encompassing, diverse, and fascinating assemblage. From the early Nick Adams stories and the memorable chapters on fishing the Irati River in The Sun Also Rises to such late novels as Islands in the Stream, this collection traces the evolution of a great writer’s passion, the range of his interests, and the sure use he made of fishing, transforming it into the stuff of great literature. Anglers and lovers of great writing alike will welcome this important collection.
Including Jimmy Carter's Fishing with My Daddy, Ernest Hemingway's The Garden of Eden, and Zane Grey's The First Thousand Pounder, this celebration of the human bonds forged over a rod features the works of literary giants who have found meaning and fulfillment in fishing. 15,000 first printing.
The very best tactics and techniques that successful anglers use to get their fish. With decades of experience on the water, Lamar Underwood knows the best gear, the best times to head out, the best lures to select for certain fish, and the best casts to use for every angling situation. Now, he wants you to know the tips that he’s picked up from his long experience. 250 Amazing Fishing Tips is a concise, easy to read collection of the best tested tidbits of fishing wisdom from a lifetime angler. 250 Amazing Fishing Tips focuses on the most popular freshwater gamefish—trout, bass, crappie, bluegill, walleye, catfish, salmon, and pike—and saltwater favorites, such as striped bass, bluefish, flounder, redfish, weakfish, and sea trout. The techniques and tips here are applicable to rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, estuaries and inlets, bays, beaches, and offshore. The angler you always see catching fish isn’t lucky—he just studies his quarry thoroughly, so there is nothing left to luck when he ventures out onto the water. With 250 Amazing Fishing Tips, you can acquire that knowledge as well. With these specially selected bites of angling know-how, you can catch more fish, bigger fish, and have more fun! Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for fishermen. Our books for anglers include titles that focus on fly fishing, bait fishing, fly-casting, spin casting, deep sea fishing, and surf fishing. Our books offer both practical advice on tackle, techniques, knots, and more, as well as lyrical prose on fishing for bass, trout, salmon, crappie, baitfish, catfish, and more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to publishing books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked by other publishers and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.