Putting aside the many indirect pleasures that we derive from fishing--- relaxation, spending quality time with friends and/or family, etc.--- a good day of fishing for me is when I catch lots of fish.
A better day is when I catch lots of big fish.
And my best day?
That’s what I explain in my new book of essays, Why We Fish. That day occurred six years ago, while fishing out of Door County with guide Dale Strochein on Lake Michigan, and I write about it in “The Best Day.”
When I told Dale that I had written about it, he said, “I still talk about that day. It was the best day.”
I’ve been trying to contact all of the great people that I mentioned in this book, so that they will know that I included them. But it’s not easy, since I wrote 40 of the 50 essays, and I’m indebted to lots of folks for what they have shared with me over the years.
By the way, nine of those were written by some very talented folks, including Bill Dance, Dave Precht, Ken Cook, Kathy Magers, Teeg Stouffer, Steve Chaconas, Ben Leal, Chad Montgomery, and Dr. Bruce Condello. And the 10th originated from the Mystery Tackle Box Facebook page, where Ross Gordon asked followers why they fish.
As I work to promote the book, I received word from my publisher recently that Barnes & Noble stores will carry Why We Fish. And the International Game Fish Association will include it in its library, and mention it in the organization’s publications.
Also, Don McDowell invited me to talk about the book on his Shake, Rattle and Troll radio show this morning.
I hope that you will check it out at Norlights Press or Amazon (click button on right side of page), where it has received 13 five-star reviews so far.