A collection of portraits of notable anglers. Raymond expands his geography worldwide, & the result is a delightful & inspiring chronicle about his search to discover what drives all anglers in their hunt for fish. George Herbert Walker Bush, Ted Williams, Bill Dance & more. Intro by Jay Cassell. 8 pg. color insert, B&W photos; 6x9 inches, 304 pgs.
"The most humble fisherman has this in common with fishermen of all degrees. Even the thousandth trip of the same old familiar fished-out stream begins with renewed hope, with unfailing faith." -- Zane Grey
Bob Rich may very well be the Don Quixote of fishing, always on a quest for the most memorable experiences on the water. His first book, Fish Fights, followed his attempt to qualify for membership in the Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Hall of Fame. In The Fishing Club, he expands his geography worldwide, and the result is a delightful and inspiring chronicle about his search to discover what drives all anglers in their hunt for fish.
A former president of the United States (George Herbert Walker Bush), a Hall of Fame slugger (Ted Williams), the world’s most famous bass fisherman (Bill Dance), and an Olympic skier (Andy Mill) are just a few of the friends Bob enlists to help in his search. Interesting people and passionate anglers all, they share with a fishing buddy their first memories of fishing, reflections on what impact the sport has had on their lives, and why they love to fish.
Their stories, as told to an ardent and articulate brother of the angle, make The Fishing Club a very special book and an enjoyable read. Through it all, you’ll feel part of the fishing fraternity that includes Bob, his friends, and the many anglers he meets on his journey around the fresh and salt waters of the world.
The Fishing Club is a charming, intriguing, & candid look at the world of fishing through the eyes of some of the most patient, persistent, hopeful & passionate anglers Bob Rich has ever met. It is a must-read for fishing fanatics, or anyone inspired by what makes anglers do what they do season after season.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
“Bob Rich is one of the truly great fishermen I know. He is a skilled angler for all kinds of fish. But equally important, he has great respect for fisheries. Bob is a true sportsman and a wonderful, warm human being. I love reading his books and am proud to call him ‘friend.’”--George Herbert Walker Bush
“Reading Bob Rich on fishing is as much fun as being there. No one is better at translating our passion for the sport into words.”--Captain Ted Lund, editor of Fly Fishing in Salt Waters
“Bob Rich has four wonderful attributes. He’s a great angler, a great storyteller, a great writer and last, but not least, a great gentleman whom we all admire.”--Stu Apte, IGFA Hall of Fame Angler
“If Bob asks, ‘Did I tell you about that big fish I caught?’ Say what I say: ‘No, and I appreciate it.’”--Bill Dance, Hall of Fame Bass Master
“Bob Rich is our modern-day Hemingway and the only fellow I know who claims to have released the world-record sailfish caught on fly.” –Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops
“A man’s approach to fishing says a lot about his approach to life… Bob is gentle and generous spirited man in both.”--John Bailey, author of John Bailey’s Complete Guide to Fly Fishing
"Who we are and why we fish is defined by balancing an insatiable passion with the good, the bad, and the ugly. Bob Rich's The Fishing Club has captured it all." --Andy Mill, Five-time Gold Cup Champion
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bob Rich, author of Fish Fights, pursues his passion for saltwater fishing near his home in Islamorada in the Florida Keys. He is the president of Rich Products Corporation, a multinational, family-owned manufacturer and distributor of food products headquartered in Buffalo, New York. His charitable activities include fund-raising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.