on Jan. 2, 2012 :
I'm female, and honestly never thought I'd end up reading and enjoying a book on Game Fishing. Many moons ago I got a bee in my bonnet, to learn to fly fish. My reasons were that it was out in nature, tranquil, and more than that it required immense skill. A skill i wanted to learn.
But I never got that far (life has a way of taking your legs from you when you most need them). They key to this book is in the title *Diaries*. This is such a personal read and it completely changed my views on all fishermen. I honestly (hand on heart) thought fishing was boring. I also have a deep respect for the ocean and if I ever ended up fishing it, it would be from the rocks (which I did as a kid).
Instead this book is an adrenaline rush with a lot of funny. I had no clue fishing was this exciting! Piranha, crocs, almost struck by lightning, lordy it's so exciting, it was exhilarating to read this. The author manages to bring every place he fished vibrantly to life, taking you around the world and somehow making you feel as if you are right there fishing with him. You are in the moment, engrossed in the drama, and just as pleased when he catches his quarry.
It's full of anecdotes about the people, the location, and giving you tips on how to survive (well) in each environment. He shares truly embarrassing moments, like when he went fishing in Russia and thought his Russian was good enough to order from the menu, and ended up asking the waitress if he could taste her! It's fall around funny in places.
The descriptions really are vivid, like this! They smelled like old feet that had been washed in sheep manure. (Chic McSherry sure knows how to paint a picture with words.)
After this he introduces us to his bird, Tia. If a man tells you he's in love with his bird, Tia, you'd expect a romance and all sorts of gory details not suitable for a book such as this, but instead it's an insight into his other passionate love. Again this was eye opening reading, thrilling, dramatic, exciting, and hold your breath worthy. It really got tense at times, and even when you're sitting here reading, stressing, he plays the humour card and makes you crack a smile.
Reading this book is like sitting in his presence while he retells a story, the turn of phrase and narration is so natural and utterly delightful to read.
When Tia gave him the look of *it's all your fault* and he compares it to his ex wife, you will laugh! Oh she's a bird alright, one to be respected and adored, and he definitely loves this beautiful babe.
Trust me, once you've read this you will feel as if you've been around the world (all while sitting in your armchair). It will revive your love of adventure, make you crave to see these places in person, and teach you so many insightful tricks on fishing the world.
Suprisingly I give this book 5 out of 5 stars, because it was riveting reading for a non fisherman.
This reads like an adventure. It's fishing from an adrenaline junkie perspective. I had no clue fishing was an adrenaline sport until I read this. This is a must have on any angler's shelf.
(reviewed the day of purchase)