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CONTENTS.

Part 1: Before You Get Your Feet Wet

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1 So, You Want to Fish?

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Welcome to the Party

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Fishing U.S.A.: Who We Are

Basic Equipment, Basic Costs

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Why Only 10 Percent of Fishermen Catch 90 Percent of the Fish

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2 First Step: Finding a Place to Fish

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So Much Water, So Few Fish

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Public Waters

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Stocked Waters

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If It's Convenient and Accessible, It's (Probably) Not That Good

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Knocking on Doors

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Those Pay-to-Fish Places

18

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3 How Fish Work

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Hal's Story: A Day in the Life of a Fish

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Hal's Evening

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Just Another Survivor

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Fish Physiology 101

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What Fish See and Don't See

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Where Fish Live

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How Big Fish Make Little Fish

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Do Fish Feel Pain?

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Pollution and How Fish Deal with It

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Part 2: Tackle and How to Use It

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4 Don't Spare the Rod

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What Rods Are Made Of

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Rod Actions: The Wiggle Factor

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Rod Weights: From Ultralight to Heavy

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From Butt to Tip and in Between

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Long Rods Versus Short Rods

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5 The Reel Thing

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Reels and How They Function

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Baitcasting

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Spinning

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Spincasting

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That Clicking Sound

50

It's a Drag, and You Need It

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The Ratio You Need to Know

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6 How to Cast with the Perfect Pair

56

Spincasting: The Easiest of Them All

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The Basics of Spinning

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Conventional Wisdom: Baitcasting

62

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7 It's All on the Line

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Diameter and Pound Test

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Monofilament: One with Nylon

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Dacron: The Old Braid

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Multifilaments: The Super Lines

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Knots for the Fumble-Fingered

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The Slip Knot

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The Improved Clinch Knot

70

The Surgeon's Knot

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The Loop Knot

71

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8 Hooks: The Point of It All

74

How Hooks Hook Fish

75

Hook Types and What They're For

77

How to Pick the Right Hook

79

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9 Bait: Getting Your Bona Fides in Order

81 82

The Not-So-Lowly Worm

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Worm Rigging and Fishing

84

Make a Splash with Minnows

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Minnow Rigging and Fishing

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The Little Lobsters

87

Crayfish Rigging and Fishing

88

Grasshoppers and Crickets

89

Grasshopper and Cricket Rigging and Fishing

89

Frogs and Salamanders

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Frog and Salamander Rigging and Fishing

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Uncommon Baits

91

Baits in a Bottle

93

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10 Lures: Virtual Reality to Fish

96

Spoons

97

Spinners

99

Plugs

102

Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits

103

Jigs

104

Plastic Lures

107

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11 Yes, You Should Sweat the Small Stuff

110

Weights

112

Snaps, Swivels, and Snap-Swivels

114

Bobbers

115

Leaders

116

Clippers, Pliers, and Other Important Tools

117

Landing Nets

118

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Part 3: To Catch a Fish

119

12 Casting and Retrieving: It's All in the Wrist (Really)

121 122

Casting in Lakes and Ponds

124

Casting in Rivers and Streams

125

Rod Motion and Attitude

126

Bait Control

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Lure Control

127

Using Lures with Built-in Action

127

Using Lures Without Built-In Action

128

The Trolling Technique

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13 Fish On! How to Keep It That Way

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Detecting a Fish

134

Lures: Strike Quickly and Firmly

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Bait: The Waiting Game

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Playing Your Fish

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Landing Options

140

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14 Keeping and Releasing Fish

142

How to Hold Your Fish

143

Out, Out Darn Hook

143

What to Do When the Fish Has Swallowed the Hook

144

Fishing Without Keeping

145

Fish for the Freezer

147

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Part 4: Flyfishing

149

15 Assembling a Flyfishing Outfit

151 151

Fly-Line Weights, Tapers, and Sink Rates

154

Picking a Fly Rod

156

Reels: Single Action, Multiplier, or Automatic?

157

The Logic of Leaders

160

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16 No-Fear Fly Casting

161

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Shake Hands with Your Fly Rod

163

False Casting

164

Hitting Your Target

166

Casting Ills Cured

166

Alternative Casts

169

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17 Be a Lord of the Flies

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Dry Flies: The Ones to Watch

174

Wet Flies

176

Nymphs

178

Streamers and Bucktails

180

Terrestrials

181

Bass Bugs

182

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18 Putting It All Together

184

Where to Cast

184

Stillwater Fly Casting

184

Casting in a Current

185

How to Avoid Drag

187

Setting the Hook

188

How to Play Your Fly-Caught Fish

189

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Part 5: Saltwater Fishing

191

19 Finding Saltwater Fish

194

Why Saltwater Fish Are Different

194

The Tidal Influence

195

Surf and Jetty Fishing

199

Tidal Rivers and Bays

200

Ocean Fishing

202

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20 Tackle for the Brine

204

Needs for the Surf

206

Light Saltwater Rods and Reels

207

Ocean Outfits

208

Trolling Tackle

211

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21 Au Naturel or Artificial?

214

Sandworms and Bloodworms and Pincers, Oh My

215

Squid Marks

216

A Cut Above: Cut Bait

216

A Live One

217

Crabs and Shrimp: Fish Like Them, Too

219

Baits on the Half Shell

220

Basic Bait Rigs and Components

223

Lures for the Salt

223

Metals of Honor

224

Heads of Lead

224

Pop, Pop, Fish, Fish

225

The Old Softies

225

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22 Paying for It

228

Party Boats

230

Charter Boats

232

The Mate

233

Seasickness

234

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23 The Big-Game Fishing Trip

236

Planning the Trip

237

The Species

238

Atlantic Sailfish

238

Pacific Sailfish

238

Blue Marlin

239

White Marlin

239

Black Marlin

239

Striped Marlin

240

Swordfish

240

Bluefin Tuna

240

Sharks

241

Other Species

242

Fighting a Big Fish

244

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24 Ultimate Sport: Flyfishing the Salt

245

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The Species

249

Rods, Reels, and Line

250

Flies and Other Tackle

252

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Part 6: The Complete Angler

253

25 A Place for Everything

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Tackle Boxes

258

Fishing Vests

260

Creels, Tackle Belts, and Buckets

261

Fly Boxes

262

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26 Sense and Safety on the Water

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Shoes and Boots

265

Hip Boots and Chest Waders

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The Perfect Fishing Hat

268

Garments Throughout the Seasons

269

Rain Gear

270

Keeping Bugs at Bay

270

Sun Protection

271

Removing a Hook

272

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27 In the Pan or On the Wall?

274

Gutting Fish

275

Filleting Fish

276

Cooking Your Fish

277

Fried Fish Fillets

278

Batter-Dipped Fillets

278

Grilled Fillets

279

Foiled Fish Fillets

279

Whole Fried Fish

280

Campfire Trout

280

Getting Your Fish Mounted

282

The Replica Alternative

282

Large Fish Mounts

283

Fish Pictures

284

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28 Hello, Warden

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Fishing Licenses

287

Sizes, Limits, and Seasons

289

Weighing and Measuring Fish

289

The Undersized-Fish Dilemma

290

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A State Fish and Game Departments

291

B Freshwater and Saltwater Record Fish

295

C Terms and Definitions

301

D Species and Resource Guide

305

Selected Freshwater Fish Species Profiles

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Largemouth Bass

306

Smallmouth Bass

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