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If you were in the market for a book on striper fishing what criteria would you use to determine whether or not to buy the book. What information do you feel is pertinent for a book on striper fishing to be considered an excellent source of information/reference? Thanks, Mike

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Mike,

 

If you were looking at an audience that is just starting out - then some background on striper ecology (range, migration patterns, size vs fecundity, etc). Maybe a bit on other species that you may also encounter. Proper handling of the fish when you do catch them (e.g., like grabbing a blue behind the head rather than stepping on it).

 

I'd go over where you can find the fish, or what you should be keying on when trying to locate fish. From the beach, jetty, rocky shorline. How the tidal flow can influence certain spots. I think the best books are the ones that try to get the angler to recognize that they can go to a spot and identify the more high-probability spots - they may not hold fish at that time but these spots have a greater chance of attracting fish than others. When you are first starting out and do not have someone to teach you - then trying to smooth out the learning curve and get people to find the fish on their own is a valuable thing and would probably sell quite a few copies. I would not recommend mentioning specific locations, but you don't need to mention spots to educate people on what to look for.

 

Then some info on different methods to fish for them (bait, plugs and plastics, fly). Then some outfits that would be appropriate for each type. I'd include some info on how to properly rig bait setups, how to use eels - both alive and dead. Then on some general type of plugs and where they would best be used, or how best fished. For plastics - show some of the more popular ones and how to rig them. For surf fishing - go over some pointers on getting the most out of your cast.

 

The book down't have to contain a lot of pictures, but sometimes a well placed illustration can help the reader easily figure out what you are trying to convey.

 

I think there are elements of all of the points I brought up in books by Frank Daignault, Lou Tabory and other authors. Some books that are directed at just beginners don't offer that much to people that have a certain degree of experience with the species, method, etc., so it is hard to make it interesting to that group as well. If you are planning a book - good luck with it.

 

Pete

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Ugggh tough one Mike but the more I think about it for me it would be

1. History of the westcoast fishery

2. History of area's of the Eastcoast fishery possibly a series.

I don't mean the 70's,80's or 90's.

I mean earlier. But that is just me. It's definitely what interest me.

3. Next would be a study on the migratory patterns of the eastcoast and westcoast fish. I'd gleem more information from a fact book better than a story book.

 

Yet if I was thinking about a book that would catch the most fishermen ($$$$$$$) It would be a how to fish book of striper fishing for each area. (East, West, Fresh ect)

 

After that it would be a picture book with big words. cwm12.gifwink.gif

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So you have the same criterion for your fishing books as your porn, do you, Ms Diggly?

 

It was a dark and rainy night.... HappyWave.gif

 

Mike,

 

I want tactics. When Daignault wrote about catching rainbow trout and herring in fresh water and drifting them off a jetty, I laughed- I have done that. Well, skipping taking them to the jetty. I just turned around and drifted them through the sluice behind me.

 

I will never meet anyone in On the Water. I may never even fish as far north as the Cape. I will, however, drift eels using the concepts I learned from that book.

 

I may well never fish with a fly rod. I do regularly use the line management techniques I learned in Striper Moon to control the drift of my plugs. I used them before I read the book, and reading it reinforced and developed my ideas.

 

I don't care where you catch fish. I do care how you catch fish. My idea of a great fisherman is one who can be blindfolded, put in a helicopter, and delivered to a place that he has never seen before and catch fish. This is why I share a great reverence for Lefty Kreh with TLDig.

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In my opinion, the best book that I ever read about striped bass thus far has been "Striper Moon" by Ken Abrahms (sp ?). It is a fly fishing book, yet it explains very well how and why stripers feed. This book has greatly helped my understanding of how to fish for stripers with any type of tackle. JUST MY 2 CENTS.

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StriperCrazy, the only west coast striper fishing book that I have read is by the Cuanang brothers. Its well done & if you look close you might even see Winchmasters mug. Twisted Whistle.... I agreee with you on Kenny Abrams book. Its definately one of my favorites. For such a small book its got a ton of information that can be applied to striper fishing, whether its with a fly rod or otherwise. Mike

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For me, I want to learn something and I do not want a story.

When I first started I picked up a few of Frank D's. books and learned a few things but I do not care for his style of writing.

The best books I have are how to's and leave the stories that I could care less about out.

If I want to read a story I will buy a book that that is the intent. I do not want a story in a how to book.

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Mike... you should check out some of Russell Chatham's books on the west coast fishery. You may enjoy them. Not only informative, but they have stories.

 

I've read some extremely informative books that have an actual story line in my day guys... I can't sit down and read a technical how to "article" with maps, diagrams and numbered pictures and really enjoy it. I'd rather read assembly instructions for fun. rolleyes.gif

 

The best authors manage to get their information into an enjoyable medium.

 

The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass, that other one where the guy chases the stripers down the coast, some of Russell Chatham's stories, Zane Gray books... they all have one thing in common... I learned something and enjoyed reading it too... because there was a story. icon14.gif

 

It's nice to curl up on the couch with the cat, snuggled up under a blanket with my pillows and a drink nearby and really ENJOY learning something.

 

THAT was my point. Sheesh. HappyWave.gif

 

And porn?? Come on Sweets, why do I need porn in my life? tongue.gif

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I know that snookums.

 

I was expanding on my short answer from last night.

 

Plus responding to the porn comment.

 

I think it's definitely a gurl thing at this particular moment. I have several fishing books... some are the kind you guys like. I refer to them like I would a reference book... like a dictionary or something.

 

But if I'm going to sit down and READ something.. it's gotta have a story. I, unlike a lot of guys I know, can't sit down and read technical stuff for more than about half a magazine article's worth at a time without going into meltdown.

 

But then how many gurls out there read fishing books?

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As a newbie to striper fishing here is what I would be looking for:

Finding areas: good sources to use, what to look for in general. ex. use X type maps and look for drop offs or inlets.

Fishing areas: how to read and area, what to look for from shore vs. boat/kayak.

Lures/Techniques: what situations dictate what lure to use, and how to use it.

 

I know that spot burning is a hot button, but having examples in the book to illustrate a point would be great. The "go here, use this, throw it here" information does not help me, but the look for X, use Y, and throw/work it in Z manner is 100% better.

 

t

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