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It is axiomatic that the goal of any fisherman is to catch fish!
However, this is not always as easy as simply casting a line or
throwing a net into the water. Some fish are wily, and know how to
avoid the hooks, lures or bait that has been set for them. As a
species, bass regularly elude even the most canny angler.
In this second edition of Bob Gooch's "Virginia Fishing Guide, " M. W. Smith offers an updated version of a classic work of Virginia outdoor literature. Providing a new preface and appendices, Smith also recasts the volume's introduction and site listings to reflect such changes as new "catch and release only" designations and stocking schedules (for trout streams). This edition features a fresh design with new maps and photographs.
In this hands-on, how-to guide to fishing North Carolina's Outer Banks, expert fisherman Stan Ulanski combines his enthusiasm, his experience, and his scientific expertise to show anglers how to catch more fish. Focusing on the essential but often misunderstood links between recreational fishing and the biology, geography, and natural history of the region, Fishing North Carolina's Outer Banks fosters an understanding of the aquatic environment of one of the nation's prime fishing destinations. Ulanski reveals the best approaches to the six main Outer Banks angling scenarios: surf, pier, sound, offshore, inshore, and reef, ledge, and shipwreck fishing. The book features illustrated fish profiles--each loaded with essential information, including identification, food value, and habitat pointers--and species-specific fishing tips for thirty-five of the Outer Banks' most common game fish. And, once you've made your catch, Ulanski provides important storing, cleaning, and cooking advice--including six of his favorite fresh fish recipes. This is a trusty tackle box tool for planning fishing trips to the Outer Banks and for understanding the underwater setting of the fish you're out to catch. Southern Gateways Guide is a registered trademark of the University of North Carolina Press |In this hands-on, how-to guide to fishing North Carolina's Outer Banks, Ulanski combines his enthusiasm, his experience, and his scientific expertise to show anglers how to catch more fish. The book features illustrated fish profiles--each loaded with essential information, including identification, food value, and habitat pointers--species-specific fishing tips for thirty-five of the Outer Banks' most common game fish; important storing, cleaning, and cooking advice; and six of Ulanski's favorite fresh fish recipes.
This is the true story of the 'first family' of sportfishing in the billfish capital of the world. Tom Carlson tells the story of Ernal Foster and the Foster family of Hatteras Village, who gave birth to what would become the multi-million dollar charter fishing industry on the Outer Banks. Today, Ernal's son, Captain Ernie Foster, struggles to keep the family business alive in a time of great change on the Banks. Within the engaging saga of the rise and decline of one family's livelihood, Carlson relates the history and transformation of Hatteras Village and the high-adrenaline experience of blue-water sportfishing and the industry that surrounds it. ""Hatteras Blues"" is their story - a story of triumph and loss, of sturdy Calvinist values and pell-mell American progress, and of fate and luck as capricious as the weather.
Acclaimed sporting and adventure writer Charles Gaines has spent much of his life on the water, around the world, fishing rod in hand, angling for trout, redfish, salmon, bonefish, bass, marlin, tuna, and practically everything else that swims. Just about any place where there's water to fish and eccentrics to keep him company, Gaines has been. The Next Valley Over, a collection of his best writing on fishing from his long and storied career, is culled from the pages of Men's Journal, Forbes, and Sports Afield, among other publications, and ultimately is about the heart of the sport. While his stories are lined with the accoutrement of angling--the art of technique, the equipment, the lodges, the fish themselves--they're really about why we love to fish and what it means to our culture. As Thoreau once said: "Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." What "they are after" is what Charles is curious about, and he has devoted the better part of his life and sanity to coming up with answers. Starting and ending at the majestic Lake Tadpole in St. Clair County, Alabama, where Gaines's love of fishing was initially sparked, the Next Valley Over chronicles exploits in exotic locations with eccentric characters. In the process of his quest of nearly every species known to man, Gaines explores what we are really searching for when we fish.
Documents the decline in Adirondack fishing in the '30s. The author offers a nostalgic view of the Adirondack wilderness 50 years ago, capturing the moods of forest, stream and lake. Classic characters - Big Smith, the hermit of Boiling Pond, Noah Rondeau and others - are brought to life.
Rich in angling lore, the secluded lakes and rivers of Virginia's Highlands offer some of the best trout and smallmouth bass fishing found anywhere in the state. From the Alleghany Highlands in the north (which encompass Alleghany, Bath, and Rockbridge counties) to the Blue Ridge/Grayson Highlands in the southwest (which include Grayson, Smythe, and Washington counties), these portions of the commonwealth offer many high-yield rivers, lakes, and streams including Lake Moomaw, the Maury River, South Holston Lake, and the North Fork of the Holston River. In his new guide, Fishing Virginia's Highlands, M. W. Smith extends his ongoing tour of the state's greatest fishing spots to these two remote regions, offering readers excellent advice on where, when, and how to catch more fish in Virginia's Highlands.
Renowned for its mineral springs, the Alleghany Highlands is home to world-famous spas, including the Homestead in Bath County, making it a popular destination for many outdoor enthusiasts. The Blue Ridge/Grayson Highlands, which is surrounded by such cities as Abingdon, Bristol, Winston-Salem/Greensboro, and Charlotte, is also a common weekend getaway spot. By considering these two areas in one volume, Smith provides valuable information for anglers and other visitors, giving readers the information they need to enjoy the natural beauty of the waters and to catch more fish from them. Complete with a comprehensive map of the regions' streams, notes on specific fishing locations keyed to maps in DeLorme's Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer, and an appendix that lists local guide services, tackle shops, camping sites, and parks, Smith's guidebook is a compact and informative resource.
Whether you are a visitor or a longtime resident, novice angler or pro, Fishing Virginia's Highlands will prove an indispensable guide to every fishing adventure you undertake in highland waters.
While sparsely populated, the Greenbrier Valley is home to some of the richest outdoor recreation resources in the mid-Atlantic. Boasting a combination of unspoiled backcountry, featuring spectacular gorges and falls and major resorts, including both Snowshoe Mountain and the venerable Greenbrier Hotel, the area draws legions of campers, hikers, anglers, hunters, paddlers, horseback riders, and bird-watchers each year. In his new guide, Fishing the Greenbrier Valley, M. W. Smith extends his ongoing tour of the Commonwealth's greatest fishing spots to West Virginia, offering readers excellent advice on where, when, and how to catch more fish in the Greenbrier Valley.
Though the Greenbrier Valley is well known for its excellent smallmouth bass and trout fishing, many anglers don't realize that white bass, catfish, and walleye also can be found there. Smith draws on a wealth of first-hand experience to convey how to find these fish, providing everything from driving directions, locations of put-in and take-out spots, float-fishing suggestions, and detailed descriptions of the different species of fish that can be found in the Greenbrier Valley. Complete with a comprehensive map of the valley streams and notes on specific fishing locations keyed to maps in DeLorme's West Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer, Smith's guidebook is both compact and informative.
Whether one is new to the region or a longtime resident, novice fisher or pro, "Fishing the Greenbrier Valley "will prove an indispensable guide to every fishing adventure you undertake in the Greenbrier Valley.
An experienced angler and guide offers tips and information on catching more fish in the Roanoke Valley. With easy access to the Roanoke and James Rivers, Carvins Cove Reservoir and Smith Mountain Lake, and the many other streams and lakes in Bedford, Botetourt, Franklin, Henry, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Roanoke, and Rockbridge Counties, anglers in the Roanoke Valley are blessed with some of the finest lake and river fishing on the East Coast. In Fishing the Roanoke Valley, M. W. Smith, a professional outdoor guide and author of Fishing the New River Valley, discusses the fish species common to the streams of the Roanoke Valley, from tiny native trout to monster-sized striped bass, and discusses the many stocked trout streams in the region, county by county, as listed by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. He also offers invaluable tips on fishing Smith Mountain Lake for striped, smallmouth, and largemouth bass and gives sage advice on working the very popular and productive water at Carvins Cove Reservoir. Fishing the Roanoke Valley covers how to target certain species throughout the year, including useful information on winter fishing (such as vertical jigging), catching and using live shad, and tackle and lure choices. The James River is well known for its excellent smallmouth fishing, and Smith shares his experience to help anglers find success in targeting this and other game fish species such as muskie and catfish. Detailed information on a number of great float trips down the Upper James from Eagle Rock to Snowden (through Balcony Falls)--including entry and exit points for floats--and useful tips about how to negotiate rapids provide enormous help for recreationalpaddlers and anglers. Fishing the Roanoke Valley also features a comprehensive map of Roanoke Valley streams as well as notes on specific fishing locations keyed to maps in DeLorme's Virginia Atlas and Gazetteer and an appendix that lists local guide services, tackle shops, rod and reel repair shops, boat dealers, and more. Whether new to the Roanoke Valley or a longtime resident, novice or pro, the angler will find Fishing the Roanoke Valley: An Angler's Guide fully stocked with the information needed to best utilize the area's abundant waters.
The fifty fly patterns described in these pages have proven reliable in the fly-fishing streams and rivers of northern New Mexico over many years. Developed by thirty locally respected tyers, they are not widely known or sold commercially outside the region. None are either legally patented or copied from widely known standard flies or patterns.
This rich and varied group of patterns reflects diverse approaches to fly-fishing and tying. The authors organize the fly patterns by type: dries, nymphs, wets, streamers, midges, and terrestrials. Each section describes the shared traits of the flies, their construction and usefulness, and the best methods for fishing with them. The description of each fly includes a thumbnail history, recipe, tying instructions, and a photograph. An appendix provides recipes for additional useful patterns described in other manuals. The authors cannot guarantee fly-fishing success but they do promise fun at fishing and tying.
Extraordinary but true stories from over two hundred years of angling history. Fishing's Strangest Tales gathers together choice stories and bizarre fishing tales from all over the world. Consider the Oxford scientist who in 1910 discovered the marvellous life-giving properties of brandy to fish who had otherwise gasped their last. Or how about the nine-year-old boy fishing for trout who caught a large mussel - containing no less than forty pearls - and managed to earn more in one day than his father, a farm worker, had earned in the last five years? Fishing's Strangest Days is full of fascinating tales that may sound fishy and unbelievable but will have have you caught hook, line and sinker.
Wild Spaces, Open Seasons traces the theme of hunting and fishing in American art from the early nineteenth century through World War II. Describing a remarkable group of American paintings and sculpture, the contributors reveal the pervasiveness of the subjects and the fascinating contexts from which they emerged. In one important example after another, the authors demonstrate that representations of hunting and fishing did more than illustrate subsistence activities or diverting pastimes. The portrayal of American hunters and fishers also spoke to American ambitions and priorities. In his introduction, noted outdoorsman and author Stephen J. Bodio surveys the book's major artists, who range from society painters to naturalists and modernists. Margaret C. Adler then explores how hunting and fishing imagery in American art reflects traditional myths, some rooted in classicism, others in the American appetite for tall tales. Kory W. Rogers, in his discussion of works that valorize the dangers hunters faced pursuing their prey, shows how American artists constructed new rituals at a time when the United States was rapidly transforming from a frontier society into a modern urban nation. Shirley Reece-Hughes looks at depictions of families, pairs, and parties of hunters and fishers and how social bonding reinvigorated American society at a time of social, political, and cultural change. Finally, Adam M. Thomas considers themes of exploration and hunting as integral to conveying the individualism that was a staple of westward expansion. In their depictions of the hunt or the catch, American artists connected a dynamic and developing nation to its past and its future. Through the examination of major works of art, Wild Spaces, Open Seasons brings to light an often-overlooked theme in American painting and sculpture.
Fly-fishing is a multifaceted sport that will absorb you in its reality, taking you to places of exceptional beauty, to explore and to revel in the solitude. It is so often spoken of as an art form while fly-tying, inextricably linked to fly-fishing, is in its own right a form of artistry.
South African Fishing Flies is a celebration of this artistry – the innovation, the talents of the originators and their vision of imagination, masters of the craft – and of all the fly-tyers of South Africa. It is not an exhaustive reference to all South African flies, but is rather an anthology of those that by virtue of their innovation in design, materials used and tying techniques have helped shape and, in some cases, change the thinking on fly-tying in this country.
It is also a visual celebration of these flies, the waters we fish, an introduction to some of the individuals in our fly-fishing community, and creators of South African flies.
The Southern Surfcaster will increase your knowledge of fishing and help you develop into a more confident salt-water fisherman. Explore creative techniques and the latest strategies that have transformed the sport over the last decade. Many of the old-school methods of fishing are updated for modern practicality. The Southern Surfcaster will change the way you think and what you thought you knew about salt water fishing.
Saltwater Fishing Essentials is a convenient quick reference to the topics every angler needs to know. This pocket guide provides information on all the basics including essential equipment; the best tackle and fishing methods for catching fish when surf casting, pier fishing or fishing backwaters and bays; when to fish; the most common species of nearshore saltwater fish and the hook size that applies to each, and how to land, gut and fillet a fish. This lightweight, waterproof folding guide is an indispensable source of information for anyone who loves to fish. Made in the USA.www.waterfordpress.com
Each autumn, one of nature's most magnificent dramas plays out when striped bass undertake a journey, from the northeastern United States to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, in search of food and warmer seas. Writer and angler David DiBenedetto followed this great migration -- the fall run -- for three months in the autumn of 2001.
On the Run offers vivid portrayals of the zany and obsessive characters DiBenedetto met on his travels -- including the country's most daring fisherman, an underwater videographer who chucked his corporate job in favor of filming striped bass, and the reclusive angler who claims that catching the world-record striper in 1982 sent his life into a tailspin. Along his route, DiBenedetto also delves into the natural history and biology of this great game fish, and depicts the colorful cultures of the seaside communities where the striped bass reigns supreme.
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