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03-28-2016 08:58 PM
Re: The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing (Opinions)

Originally Posted by sharkbait View Post
The writing was better than many I've read. The content, while factual, was non-specific .
I was able to pick up a few things but they weren't worth 29.99
Obviously, you didn't shop very hard.

All the best,

03-28-2016 05:43 PM
Re: The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing (Opinions)

The writing was better than many I've read. The content, while factual, was non-specific .
I was able to pick up a few things but they weren't worth 29.99
03-28-2016 04:44 PM
Re: The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing (Opinions)

Free it ain't!

03-28-2016 04:29 PM
Re: The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing (Opinions)

I don't think anyone (from back in 2009 when this thread started and ended) is questioning the validity of the information in the book, Gary. I was questioning Jon about anyone saying that it was free.
03-28-2016 04:26 PM
Re: The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing (Opinions)

It's a good, basic book for someone that knows absolutely nothing about fishing but wishes to learn. It's chocked full of information that will make a big difference between success or failure when it comes to catching fish.

The only drawback is that it is not area specific, which is the biggest determining factor of whether or not you catch supper, or just drown bait. Keep in mind that just 10 percent of any body of water holds 90 percent of the fish. Local knowledge is imperative, and unfortunately, there are only a handful of books that provide that kind of information. Consequently, without local knowledge, it's a hit or miss situation for most cruisers. Knowledgeable recreational and commercial fishermen learned how to read the water and have the uncanny ability to be able to look at charts and their surroundings and determine where is the most likely location to be successful.

Until recently, there was a great magazine called Fishing In Maryland that provided charts of all those hot spots that produced the best catches in Chesapeake Bay and the freshwater reservoirs. The same was true for New Jersey, New England, New York and the mid Atlantic region with The Fisherman Magazines. The Fisherman is a weekly publication with a weekly fishing report provided by some of the top anglers, charter captains and tackle shops in each area.

Among the top books that I can recommend is Vinnie Sparano's Northeast Guide to Saltwater Fishing and Boating. The book covers all species and locations from Maine to Virginia, including Chesapeake and Delaware bays. Sparano's book was comprised by interviews with the top fishing and boating writers in the nation.

Ken Penrod's Guide To Fishing The Tidal Potomac River has been around a long time, as has Ken. Ken has guided several presidents to some monster tidal largemouth bass catches in the Potomac River from Washington Channel downriver to the US 301 Bridge. He knows every nook and cranny of the river, and details every one of them in his books.

Ed Russell and Bill May put together an incredible book that will provide you with a wealth of information on light tackle and fly fishing for big fish. Again, lots of local information provided that will make those trips both exciting and highly productive.

Good luck,

03-28-2016 03:54 PM
Re: The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing (Opinions)

Where does it say it is free?
03-28-2016 03:32 PM
Re: The Cruiser's Handbook of Fishing (Opinions)

i really wish people wouldn't advertise things as free if you have to register and sometimes pay. what kind of a deal is that? im willing to pay, but TELL me i have to pay.
05-08-2009 02:57 PM
labatt Good book, and I'd also recommend "Complete Book of Baits, Rigs and Tackle" by Vic Dunaway.
05-06-2009 04:13 PM
LWinters I grabbed this book as an afterthought right before I cast off the dock lines and headed south. It's been extremely helpful in refining my saltwater fishing techniques. Growing up on freshwater lakes and streams I had to rethink my approach completely. It's sits on my reference shelf next to Bowditch, Chapman, Caulder's Mechanical and Electrical Guide, and Cornell's World Cruising Routes. Great book to have on board.
05-05-2009 11:17 AM
SVAuspicious I tend to agree with marinegirl -- it assumes you are going to be consumed by fishing. I would have really liked more space and detail on handlines and lower cost equipment until I'm sure I want to do much fishing.

That said, it is the very best of the dozen or so books on fishing I have accumulated over time, and one of only three that has a permanent spot on my shelf.
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