Stripers, Blues, and Solitude at the Edge of the
who has never battled a bull bass all alone on a
beach may not understand the instinctual strand that
binds humankind and fish."
So begins Surfcaster's Quest,
Roy Rowan's evocations of fishing the turbulent seas
surrounding Block Island. As this beautifully
descriptive book points out, angling enthusiasts
have maintained for centuries that fishing is not
simply a sport but a religion. "Therefore,"
writes Rowan, "surfcasters with their own devout
followers comprise a special sect. They may be
a less pious bunch than fly fishermen; but they are
an adventurous, feeling group of outdoors lovers who
are as deeply moved by the sun, moon, and stars as
they are by their desire to catch fish in the waves
crashing around them.
describes not only the habits of blues, stripers,
bonito, and other gamefish, but also how to trick
them into striking at pieces of wood, plastic, and
metal flung out from the shore. This is a book
about courage, contemplation, solitude, the
appreciation of nature--and yes, religion,
though not the kind conducted under a church
Interspersed with this thought-provoking mixture of
soul-searching and surfcasting are fascinating
historical tidbits about the Indians, pirates, and
rumrunners who once occupied that obscure oceanic
speck originally called "Isle of the Little God,"
paperback version of Surfcaster's Quest
will be available in Spring 2005.)
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