Top 5 books about fishing & the ocean, just in time for the Derby


Bunch of Grapes

“Bright Water, Shining Tides” by Kib Bramhall – Those who love to fish describe it as both a passion and an art form, and painter Kib Bramhall has had the good fortune to experience it as both. This book includes 11 essays and more than 50 images of his artwork.

“The Wave” by Susan Casey – Casey follows a unique tribe of extreme surfers as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100-foot wave. In this mesmerizing account, their exploits are juxtaposed against scientists’ urgent efforts to understand the destructive powers of waves.

“The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish” by David Kinney – Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kinney goes behind the scenes at Martha’s Vineyard’s annual fishing derby to chronicle 35 days of fish-addled hope and heartbreak.

“Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food” by Paul Greenberg – Writer and lifelong fisherman Greenberg investigates the forces that get salmon, sea bass, cod, and tuna to dinner tables. Today, rampant overfishing and an unprecedented biotech revolution have brought man to a point where wild and farmed fish occupy equal parts of a complex marketplace.

“Spartina” by John Casey – A Narragansett Bay fisherman is obsessed with an unfinished 50-foot boat, Spartina. Determined to find the funds to buy her an engine, he takes a foolish risk. But his real test comes when he must weather a storm at sea in order to keep his dream alive. Moving and poetic, it’s is a masterly story of one man’s ongoing struggle to find his place in the world.

Book Den East

“Complete Guide to Saltwater Fishing” by Al Ristori (2002) – This guide is compact, nicely illustrated and contains a wealth of practical information on rigging, chumming, shore fishing, and more.

“The Book of Fly Patterns” by Eric Leiser (1987) – A richly illustrated compendium of more than 1,000 classic and contemporary patterns for the most effective and popular fresh and saltwater flies.

“The Saltwater Tacklebox” by John Merwin (1992) – Rods, reels, lures, flies, lines and accessories are analyzed, along with practical angling techniques.

“Saltwater Game Fish of North America” by Herbert A. Schaffner (1989) – The author describes the fish, their habits, and habitats in the waters of our own continent.

“The World Atlas of Saltwater Fishing” by Ken Schultz (2000) – The perfect guide to world-wide angling for striped bass, bluefish, tuna, sharks, and more; richly illustrated with photos and location maps.

Top 5 from Edgartown Books

“The Big One: An Island, an Obsession and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish” by David Kinney – A classic fish tale and then some.

“Fishing the Vineyard” by Ray Ellis – Martha’s Vineyard’s acclaimed artist’s standout book.

“The Last Fish Tale: The Fate of the Atlantic and Survival in Gloucester” by Mark Kurlansky – The bestselling author of Cod, Salt, and The Big Oyster has enthralled readers with his incisive blend of culinary, cultural, and social history. In his most important book to date, Mark Kurlansky turns his attention to a disappearing way of life: fishing.

“The Greatest Fishing Stories Ever Told” edited by Lamar Underwood – Twenty-eight unforgettable fishing tales.

“Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food” by Paul Greenberg – Four Fish offers a way for us to move toward a future in which healthy and sustainable seafood is the rule rather than the exception.

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