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Fishermen are always seeking good information, trying to benefit from the experience of others.  This is especially true when it comes to fishing new waters or learning new rigging. We're also stocking a good variety of informative videos in addition to the books listed below.  Between the books and videos you'll learn a lot, and feed your fishing addiction while off the water. Here are some of our favorite reference materials. 






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The best book on long range fishing ever produced.

At the Rail

At The Rail: Long Range Fishing
The heftiest, best illustrated book on long range fishing ever printed begins distribution in early December, 2010*: At The Rail: Long Range Fishing, by Bill Roecker. It's a big, coffee-table volume of 208 pages with high-quality printing and paper, featuring color on every page. What's inside? The best bites ever seen, the closest calls, oddest events, the most gratifying results and heartbreaking losses are in this great new book.

At The Rail is a landmark saltwater volume, for the general audience as well as anglers, with history, expert tips, profiles of legendary anglers like Bill Poole, Frank LoPreste, Carl Newell, Russ Izor and the sport's major companies. It includes high-quality color photos, including two-page spreads, location and tackle information, war stories from fishermen, the most significant catches, scientific data from Kurt Schaefer of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commision, details of record fish and Roecker's personal long range adventures over the past 30 years. This book is a must-have for all ocean anglers.

If you love long range sportfishing, you'll spend hour upon hour reading this book. It covers everything from gear, techniques, locations, people, some history and more. It's an eclectic stroll at the docks, with a huge amount of information, written in a relaxed style that invites readers. -Mark Smith



Anglers Cookbook 100 incredible seafood recopies, list of favorite fish with cooking tips, step-by-step guidance with photos covering cleaning your catch to cooking delicious meals. The book provides all sorts of fish preparations needs: barbeque, fry, broil, bake, poach and sauté, smoking a catch,'s stocked with great ideas. 205 pages by Vic Dunaway $16.95


West Coast Seafood Recipes West Coast Seafood Recipes is filled with hundreds of easy, yet delicious, recipes to help you enjoy the delights of the sea! From spicy curried shrimp to lutefisk, grilled tuna to calamari, you'll love each delicacy. With simple directions and easy to find ingredients, this cookbook guarantees delightful meals with little effort. 171 pages by Blaine Freer $15.95


Boat, Dive & Fish Catalina Island Bruce Wicklund provides detailed information on Catalina Island's coves, moorings, anchorages, sites and much more. The book covers everything from expected, and unexpected species you'll encounter as well as where to find 'em. Fish, shellfish, recepies, fish cleaning, knots...lots of info here. 152 + pages $19.95


The Local Angler (New Edition)There are fishermen and then there are anglers - the  select few that can step on a sport or private boat and put on a veritable clinic on how to fish. They can do it all, these southern California anglers, from flylining an anchovy on light line to tossing a surface iron with a long rod. Essentially, there is a style to saltwater fishing in southern California, especially when it comes to fishing from the decks of it's big sport boats. This book includes information from top captains, crew members, anglers and scientists, much of which has never been in print before. Tips, tackle & gear, skills well covered. . $24.99


Hoopin' it Up

Jim Salazar is a long time friend. Back when I was starting up CharkBait we'd gab on the radio, swap fishing reports, and share spots. Several years ago he teamed up with the folks at ProMar and became a field tester for their lobster products. He knows buggin like no other person I know. Jim recently wrote an excellent book about catching bugs. It covers all the basics, and goes well beyond anything I've come across. If you want to catch lobster, you need to buy his book. It's as simple as that. It's the best $15 investment in a great meal you can make.



Fishing California Saltwater - Proven Spots & Proven Methods

Fishing California Saltwater - Proven Spots & Proven Methods - David Colby
Whether you're an experienced angler or just starting out, you'll find some very good and useful information in this "how to" guide to fishing in California. For anyone new to the State of California, or new to saltwater fishing, this book is a must.  The book starts out with a nice calendar of expected fishing you might get into through the year, one focused on the northern part of the state, another geared to the south. The book has an abundance of recognized fishing areas pinpointed on maps.  There's also a good amount of info provided about methods of catching various species of local fish. 



Pacific Coast Inshore Fishes Daniel W. Gotshall provides hundreds of photos and drawings of inshore fish for easy reference. $19.95
Practical Fishing Knots Mark Sosin and Left Kreh team up to provide over 50 knots anglers will use. $19.95
West Coast Seafood Recipes Over 375 easy to prepare seafood recipes for two people by Blaine Freer. $14.95
Fish Have No Hands Mike Gardner's classic, tell all book that will give you some 100 fish days like Mike enjoys on a consistent basis. $19.95

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