With seemingly nothing but bad news being thrown at us every day, it’s nice to be able to savor some inspiration from fellow anglers about our favorite sport.

The Angler’s Book of Favorite Fishing Quotations is a small format hard cover from Hatherleigh Press that’s distributed by Penguin Random House.

The 104 pages each contain thoughts about fishing by well-known authors, fishermen and commentators — such as Mark Twain who advised “Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.”

Even presidents had their feelings  about fishing, with Herbert Hoover noting that “Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.”

Comedians also had their say, such as George Carlin who observed “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will sit in a boat and drink beer all day.”

I was pleased to see quotes from some departed friends I  fished with over the years such as Charley Waterman, Lefty Kreh and Lee Wulff. One of Lee’s quotes was one that the Izaak Walton of our time was most associated with — “Gamefish are too valuable to be caught only once”.

It’s unfortunate that a few pages weren’t added to identify the authors which were almost all familiar to me, but might not be to others. It will make a good gift for anglers who aren’t “readers”, as they can read portions at any time — but will probably not be able to put the book down once started.

There was a lot more east wind today, and small craft warnings continue into tomorrow afternoon. The morning starts with north winds at 15-20 knots and 4-6-foot seas before dropping to 5-10 knots in the afternoon.

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