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I’ve been looking for Fishing with the Bucktail by Capt John Demaio for a long time - not a collector myself so can’t justify the price but also can’t understand how there hasn’t been a reprint.

 

Also if you enjoyed bait tail fishing (as suggested on another thread) there’s a great chapter on Al Reinfelder in Profiles in saltwater angling by George Reiger.  Still gets me excited to fish local spots around the city.

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 John was actually a good friend of mine, met him through some other friends and my father. I actually have a couple  copies of the book. PM me 

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I've been collecting some books myself. I've been looking for a book that goes into migration and habits of all the baitfish and crustaceans in New England. I watched a video on YouTube of Billy the Greek talking about some obscure crab hatch that happens every year in New York that gets the stripers up on the beach lip. I believe he said it happens once a year on the full month of a certain month. Would be interesting to know some of the less common bait that might influence the bite. Overall I think the more you know about the bait around the better your odds of hooking up. 

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Would love the same but haven't found many fishing oriented books.  closest I've found are marine bio texts.  If you dig you can alao find a lot of that info in academic papers and environmental impact reports.  Up and down the east coast I've learned a lot about bait and ecology/habitats through a google scholar deep dive and dredging and infrastructure environmental reports.  Every few years a new bait shows up - had a bass cough up the first butterfish I've seen last week. 

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On 5/20/2019 at 2:09 PM, Broncomike said:

What would you say is a fair price for the original 1920 book?

I paid $120. for a first edition (mint) about 22 years ago. Found it in an antiquarian book store in of all places, Rochester NY. Also have 3 copies including a first edition hardback of 'Reading the Water'. If you enjoy reading stories about colorful surfmen and their adventures in the golden era of surf fishing, then find this book - a great read. 

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