Martha's Vineyard Fish Tales: How to Catch Fish, Rake Clams, and Jig Squid, with Entertaining Tales About the Sometimes Crazy Pursuit of Fish

Martha's Vineyard Fish Tales: How to Catch Fish, Rake Clams, and Jig Squid, with Entertaining Tales About the Sometimes Crazy Pursuit of Fish

by Nelson Sigelman


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The focus is on Martha’s Vineyard but the information, fishing tips, and stories about Island characters—Bob “Hawkeye” Jacobs jumping off Memorial Wharf to unsnag an albie he hooked—will sound familiar to anyone who has spent time in a community of fishermen.
This informative and fun read answers the questions asked in local tackle shops, including the best spots to catch a striped bass on a fly rod—Lobsterville Beach—and rigging tackle for blues, fluke, black sea bass, false albacore, and bonito. Spin fishing, bottom fishing, and fly fishing are all covered.
This book follows the island fishing seasons: rods appear on island trucks in April, a sign that schoolies have arrived, and they do not begin to disappear until the venerable Bass and Bluefish Derby, five weeks of single-minded pursuit of fish, ends in October.
And there are tips on looking and talking the part. .. “handy phrases include any reference to a falling or rising tide and a rock, any rock, as long as you refer to it with a sense of authority so that the other person is unwilling to ask which rock for fear of seeming like a novice.”
Martha’s Vineyard Fish Tales is a “how to” book that flows with the character and personality of a fishing-obsessed island off the coast of Massachusetts.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811738002
Publisher: Stackpole Books
Publication date: 02/01/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 832,859
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Nelson Sigelman is an award-winning writer whose fishing and outdoor columns and stories have been honored by the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the New England Outdoor Writers Association and the New England Press Association. In 2012 he was inducted into the prestigious Martha’s Vineyard Striped Bass and Bluefish Derby Hall of Fame. He lives with his wife, Norma, in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface v

Introduction: I Was Always a Fisherman viii

Chapter 1 Fishing on Martha's Vineyard 1

Chapter 2 Start with the Basics 32

Chapter 3 Hooks Come in All Shapes and Sizes 39

Gone Fishin': Hospital ER Got This Angler Off the Hook 42

Chapter 4 Bait-Not Just Sushi 45

Gone Fishin': Manhood Is on the Line When the Squid Are Running 50

Chapter 5 Outfit Basics: Spin, Boat, and Fly Tackle 52

Chapter 6 Surfcasting 60

Gone Fishin': Elemental Fishing Signals Start of Season 65

Chapter 7 Bottom Fishing 68

Gone Fishin': With Coop, There Is Always a Plan-Details Later 73

Chapter 8 Fly Fishing 76

Gone Fishin': A Fisherman Shares His Spot 83

Chapter 9 Boat Fishing 86

Gone Fishin': To an Angler, She's Just a Fishing Platform 90

Chapter 10 Fish Lineup of Martha's Vineyard 94

Chapter 11 Instructive Fish Tales by Species 101

Chapter 12 Reading the Water 117

Gone Fishin': Hathaway's Back in the Lead Again 121

Chapter 13 Public Access 124

Gone Fishin': This Sceptered Isle Disturbed 131

Chapter 14 Fishing Spots with Public Access 134

Chapter 15 Take a Kid Fishing 144

Gone Fishin': Why Don't the Kids Dig Fishing? 147

Chapter 16 Tips on How to Release or Keep a Fish 150

Gone Fishin': Bluefish Throes Spark Plea from Beach Passerby 153

Chapter 17 Fishing, Family, and Marriage 156

Gone Fishin': Fishing Season Begins Not a Day Too Soon 160

Chapter 18 The Derby 162

Gone Fishin': 59th Derby Off to a Quick and Predictably Nutty Start 171

Chapter 19 Island Fishing Culture and Comportment 175

Gone Fishin': In the Line of Fly Fishing 182

Chapter 20 Play It Safe 185

Gone Fishin': Thrown into the Sea, Island Bass Fishermen Survived 194

Chapter 21 Charter Fishing Fun 198

Gone Fishin': A Career as a Charter Captain Is Off the Charts 200

Chapter 22 Clamming, Crabbing, and Scalloping 202

Gone Fishin': Look What the Tine Brought In 206

Chapter 23 Cleaning and Cooking the Catch 209

Chapter 24 Fishing Camaraderie 216

Gone Fishin': Rene and Ton's Excellent Fishing Adventure 217

Appendix 221

Index 223

About the Author 228

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