Monsters of River & Rock: My Life As Iron Maiden's Compulsive Angler

Monsters of River & Rock: My Life As Iron Maiden's Compulsive Angler

by Adrian Smith


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Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith got hooked on fishing as a child growing up in East London, plundering ponds and bomb craters on the Hackney Marshes for newts and sticklebacks, and catching perch from the Grand Union Canal while on outings with his father.

And then things began to get more exotic.

The young angling enthusiast grew up to become lead guitarist in one of the most successful rock bands in history, and started traveling the world playing to millions of fans. But once a fisherman, always a fisherman. The gear went with him; the fish got bigger; the adventures more extreme.

Welcome to the world of Adrian Smith, as he clocks in to his day job furthering the geographical boundaries of hard rock, and clocks out to explore far-flung rivers, seas, waterways, lakes, and pools on his fearless quest for fishing nirvana. His first sturgeon was a whopping 100-pounder from Canada’s swirling Fraser River that nearly wiped him out mid-Maiden tour. And how about the close shave with a large shark off the Virgin Islands while wading waist-deep for bonefish? Not to mention an enviable list of specimen coarse fish from the UK. It's a lifetime adventure in fishing.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781947026872
Publisher: BMG Books
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 168,535
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Adrian Smith was born in Hackney, East London. He joined Iron Maiden at the end of 1980. Adrian is the band member who has collaborated on the most side projects outside of Iron Maiden, as well as writing and recording a series of solo albums in the early 1990s before rejoining the band. Iron Maiden has sold over 90 million albums and continues to tour the world playing to millions of fans. Onstage, Adrian uses Jackson and Gibson guitars. Offstage, he is an avid tennis player, however his primary hobby is fishing. He takes his rod and gear out on tour with him wherever he goes.

Table of Contents

Prologue ix

1 First Lines 1

2 Sunday Morning Sidewalks - My First Carp 7

3 Barbel - From Black And White To Colour 21

4 Battling With The Beast 31

5 A Very Big Chub 41

6 New York, New York - City Rats And Largemouth Bass 53

7 Miami - Peacock Bass In The City Of Vice 63

8 A Canadian Adventure - Trout And Bears 77

9 New Zealand And The Monster Of Rock 105

10 A River Twenty 135

11 Pike Fishing And Oasis 143

12 Sturgeon And Falling Over in Vancouver 155

13 Parisienne Carpways 163

14 Tench - Quest For A 'Double' 181

15 Jumbo Jets And Jumbo Tench 201

16 Fishing With Friends And Family 219

17 High Jinks On The Lower Trent 237

18 Bonefish And The Reverend 259

Epilogue 277

Acknowledgements 279

Glossary 281

Index 285

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