Gear: Fishing manual will help novice, expert


Field & Stream’s “The Total Fishing Manual” compiles a list of 317 tools, techniques and tactics from the magazine’s editors and writers that are sure to help both novice and expert anglers.

The book is not an exhaustive tome on all things angling, but that’s what makes it a good read. Think of it as a veteran fisherman buddy helping you along the way. Written in a fresh, conversational style with informative illustrations and photos, it’s great for quick reference and covers a range of fishing styles and water types.

Thorough without being complex, it’s not bogged down by endless text and doesn’t just explain the tips but also clearly shows them with easy-to-follow art. Among other tips, the manual explains how to pick the right gear for your fishing style and get the most out of it, as well as how to find the type of fish you want and catch more of them. It’s a great addition to any fishing library, covering both fresh water and ocean fishing.

Written by Joe Cermele and the editors of Field & Stream. Published by Welden Owen. 256 pages. Available for purchase at all major book retailers. Price is $27.