Basic Freshwater Fishing: Step-By-Step Guide to Tackle and Know-How That Catch the Favorite Fish in Your Area Still in print means something, March 19, 2006
I was searching for another fishing book when I saw that Cliff Hauptman was still in print. Even though I was not a total novice, I learned a lot from this book. And panfishermen should note that this is practically the only book that addresses crappies, bluegills and like that.
I’m now an occasional fisherman, doing my best on extended backpacking trips to extend my diet with trout. Lightweight tackle is not a topic Hauptmann gives any ink to, and if you want to actually clean that fish you just caught, Hauptman is silent (but check out Mark Bittman’s -Fish- for good graphics and how-to).
Others have citicised the "cheesy" photos in this book. I don’t get it. All the photos seem to be of Chris Hauptman and his wife demonstrating pole-handling techniques described in immediately related text–what more could you ask? Even though I’m a side-arm caster, Hauptman knows his stuff and makes it clear.
Negatives: Another reviewer liked the drawings of various fish species mentioned in the text, but the one on the cover is all anyone needs.