Fish Fights: A Hall of Fame Quest A Hall Of Fame Quest (Paperback)
|Author: Bob Rich|
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|"A fishing challenge, a first, a Hall of Fame" are the baits used to lure Bob "Bubba" Rich out onto the waters of south Florida and the Bahamas. If he can catch ten of the most sought-after gamefish in this mecca for saltwater sports fishing - the sailfish, barracuda, bonefish, permit, black bass, wahoo, tarpon, dolphinfish, marlin, and snook - he will become the first angler inducted into the twenty-five-year-old Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament Hall of Fame. Fish Fights is a rollicking narrative of Rich's quest to achieve this goal in just one year, although the award was set up to honor lifetime achievement. With the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and the islands of the Bahamas as his backdrop, Rich chronicles his dogged pursuit of these elusive fish. Yet, this is no mere fishing tale. It also recounts the history of conservation and the development of a catch-and-release ethic by saltwater anglers. Most important, though, it is a rich adventure with an intriguing cast of characters, among them the intrepid Rich himself, the taciturn Rusty, his conch fishing guide, and, of course, the slippery fish with which he tangles. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 349 pages, color photos, b&w photos, illustrations)|
From the Publisher:
When Bob "Bubba" Rich decided to embark upon his own quest--to qualify for the Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament Hall of Fame--it''s possible he didn''t realize the amount of strength and valor he would need to accomplish his goals. By the time it all was over, he had indeed exhibited as much strength, valor, patience, and fortitude as any angler could muster. The task at hand proved to be that difficult.
Consider his goals--to take ten species of gamefish, on specific types of tackle, with difficult-to-achieve minimum weight requirements: a twenty-five-pound barracuda, a twenty-pound permit, a twenty-five-pound dorado, a blue or white marlin (any size, but on light line), a twenty-five-pound wahoo, a nine-pound bonefish, a sailfish of any weight (again, on light line), a six-pound largemouth bass, a one-hundred-pound tarpon (on a fly, of course), and, finally, an eighteen-pound snook.
Fish with Rich as he probes the waters of south Florida and the Bahamas, searching for the ten species that will gain him entrance to the Hall of Fame. Enjoy the incredible highs he feels when finally catching a fish that qualifies; share with him the unfathomable lows when things go wrong, and he just can''t catch a break on some of the gamefish.
Through it all, you''ll get to know Bubba, his family, his friends, and the many anglers and guides he meets along the way. In the end, you''ll have joined his fishing fraternity, and will be hoping that he''ll soon head off on another quest--taking you along.
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