Vol 6 No. 16 - January 11, 2006
The world's best resolution
By Rusty Chinnis
SUN STAFF WRITER
There are some books you wish you had written yourself.
These books contain ideas and kernels of truth that
set them apart from their genre. They ask readers
to use their senses and delve deeper into their
consciousness, using common sense and powers of
observation to develop a clearer understanding of
their subject. "Catching Made Easy," by
Captain Rodney Smith, is one of these books.
The average angler is constantly asking questions,
reading magazines and books and watching television
to glean information on new places to fish, hot
new lures and flies and tackle that will help him
catch more fish. In truth, superior anglers are
made not born, and get that way by spending time
on the water by developing awareness and recording
the tides, weather, winds and habits of the species
that they hunt.
Catching Made Easyhas four sections
planning. tackle, fishing and catching.
While there are innumerable books on the market that tell
anglers what to use, where to go and what to look for,
precious few get to the real heart of what makes a good
angler great. Smith, a former guide, writer, publisher
and ardent environmentalist has written a book that not
only shares humorous anecdotes from decades of being on
the water, but challenges the reader to think, be prepared,
have a plan, use intuition and keep an open mind.
The book is broken down into four sections: planning,
tackle, fishing, and catching. In section one, Planning,
Smith asks the reader/angler to decide what he wants from
his fishing. Is he looking for relaxation, time with the
family or is he interested in competing with other anglers
in tournaments? Whats the big picture? This is a
great place to start because fishing parallels life. We
wouldnt build a house without a set of plans. He
asks the reader to establish a direction, set new goals
and then strive to meet them. This big picture also includes
preparedness, patience, having a game plan and paying
attention to what your intuition tells you.
My favorite chapter in this section covers the effects
of the moon and tides on fishing. In a simple and concise
way, Smith explains the basic relationship between moon,
tides, and their effect on fishing. Next he covers hot
spots, a discussion thats not what you expect, but
one that will improve every anglers odds. Finally
Smith covers one of the most important concepts for all
anglers to learn CPR, or catch, photograph
In section two, Tackle, he includes chapters you find
in other books on fishing, with some unique perspectives
on using common sense when selecting tackle. Knots, lines
and rigging are often taken for granted by neophyte anglers,
however, Smith explains their importance and how they
will turn odds into opportunities. The chapter on jigs
gives an in-depth look at a lure most anglers consider
the best of the best. The section ends with a discussion
of taking care of the considerable investment youll
have in tackle.
The heart of the book, Section three, Fishing should be
read and re-read. It deals with many of the tricks of
the trade learned over a lifetime of fishing. It begins
with a wise council for anglers to keep an open mind while
on the water. You might be targeting redfish, but keep
your eye out for other species that might present a tight
line and unexpected pleasure. This section also includes
chapters rich with invaluable tips on reading the water,
fishing points, pockets and passes, as well as fighting
and landing the fish of a lifetime.
His final section on Catching, is a little misleading,
as Smith has already plumbed the depths on finding and
catching fish. Instead, Catching offers valuable information
on handling your catch, dealing with hooked birds and
being aware of painful creatures, like stingrays, jellyfish
and catfish. The book ends with a discussion of exploring
the world of fishing, living your dreams and the importance
of every angler being a steward of the incredible resources
that sustain our fisheries.
Log on to www.catchingmadeeasy.com for a copy of the book.
Read it, digest the contents and youll catch more
fish and have more fun doing it.
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