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New books visual feast for anglers

Frank Sargeant The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 11:49 PM

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Two of Florida's best anglers recently released books in the Sportsman's Best book series from Florida Sportsman magazine.

I've had the pleasure of working and fishing with Jeff Weakley, longtime editor of Florida Sportsman; and Mike Holliday, for years one of the finest inshore guides on the East Coast and a nationally known outdoors writer. Both are world-class fishermen who live and breathe angling, and their knowledge and passion show in these books.

"Kayak Fishing," by Weakley, is a tour de force of everything you need to know about selecting and rigging a fishing kayak. The heavily illustrated book contains dozens of insider tips that only years afloat can produce.

Weakley covers everything from propulsion systems — manual and electric — to rigging to comfort, and also includes lots of know-how on transporting, hoisting and launching these tiny but efficient boats.

"Sight Fishing," by Holliday, is a visual feast, with stunning photos of surface and flats action put together by Holliday and world-renowned photographer Pat Ford, among others. Close-up shots of tailing reds, feeding tarpon, skyrocketing kingfish, surface-feeding cobia and hundreds of mullet airborne at one time as they flee jacks below are just part of the treat.

The book is heavy on Florida flats fishing, naturally, but also covers bluewater sight fishing for billfish and other pelagics, striped bass fishing in the Northeast, and largemouth bassing in fresh water.

Each softcover book is 230 pages and priced at $19.95, which includes a how-to DVD. For more details, visit www.floridasportsman.com.

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