The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass: A Flyrodder's Odyssey at Montauk Point

The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass: A Flyrodder's Odyssey at Montauk Point

by Peter Kaminsky
     
 

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While fishing off Montauk Point in the autumn, Peter Kaminsky watched the moon rise and as it did, an acre of silver-sided striped bass came to the surface of the sea. Acting on the advice of another angler, Zane Grey, who said "Some dreams, even those of a fisherman, come true," the author took a month off from harried city life and flyfished every day in the

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While fishing off Montauk Point in the autumn, Peter Kaminsky watched the moon rise and as it did, an acre of silver-sided striped bass came to the surface of the sea. Acting on the advice of another angler, Zane Grey, who said "Some dreams, even those of a fisherman, come true," the author took a month off from harried city life and flyfished every day in the midst of the world's greatest wildlife migration: the parade of fish and whales, butterflies and birds past Montauk Point.

This is the story of a man's love affair with Montauk in the fall, after the crowds and celebrities have left eastern Long Island. It is the story of an ocean teeming with life, and the people drawn to it: obsessed anglers, jealous guides, dedicated scientists, and the local people who have lived off the bounty of these waters for generations. But above all it is a story of a man's basic love of people and nature, one that will appeal to the many fans of Kaminsky's "Outdoors" column in the New York Times, and his frequent work in Food & Wine, as well as anyone hungering for fine writing.

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Editorial Reviews

Pat Conroy
. . . makes flyfishing sound like a form of sanctifying grace . . . his writing style is lyrical and as lovely as his sport.
Kurt Andersen
I know of no wiser, more useful and convincing celebration of the great virtues of making time for pleasure . . .
Tom Brokaw
Peter Kaminsky's passion . . . is so great I half expect him to have his waders and fly rod surgically attached.
People Magazine
For those who love to fish, this may do for Montauk what Peter Mayle did for Provence.
Publishers Weekly
The East Coast migratory striped bass has the same trans-species attachment with Long Islanders as the blue crab does with the Chesapeake region, and the cod with New Englanders; striper fishing is nowhere more exciting, or more socially complicated, than in early fall off Montauk, New York. After the summer tide of celebrities and vacationers leaves the beaches, local sportfishers form their own society around the parade of southbound migrations. Not the average "hook and bullet" reporter, Kaminsky took a sabbatical from his New York Times column to fly-fish Montauk Point through the October peak, lured by the life fantasy of one dream fly-fishing season, an angling "walkabout into something perfect and outside of time." The tides of his obsession with the fish in this place occasionally carry him way offshore into social history, local color and ecology of the bass. The real prose action is on the shallow flats of Great Peconic Bay and in the jockeying among guide boats and surf casters for prime casting positions for "blitzes" of feeding 40-inch bass. Kaminsky (whose cookbook, Elements of Taste, is due out from Little, Brown in October) is neither the first nor the most stylish voice for this fish and this place (the Montauk bass fishery has its own shelf in angling literature, which includes John Cole's Striper and Peter Matthiessen's Men's Lives). Nonetheless, most Eastern fly rodders will revel in Kaminsky's walkabout and feel as wistful as he does when the cold northeast winds finally put down the fish in November. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786867691
Publisher:
Hyperion
Publication date:
09/05/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)
Age Range:
18 - 12 Years

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