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Angler's Guide To The Fishes Of The Gulf Of Mexico Hardcover – Sep 1 2006


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Jerald Horst is a fisheries specialist who translates the results of scientific fisheries research into a common language for the fishing industry. A former professor at Louisiana State University, Horst has written numerous articles for ecological, agricultural, and fisheries publications. Horst is president of the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association and a member of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. He lives in Harvey, Louisiana.

Mike Lane is the creator of the Web sites RodnReel.com and RodnGun.com, which were among the first fishing Web sites in the United States. He is a member of the Louisiana Outdoors Writers Association and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association. Lane lives in Metairie, Louisiana.

Duane Raver's extensive background as a fisheries biologist and artist includes working for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and serving as editor of Wildlife in North Carolina magazine. Raver's artwork has appeared in books and magazines, on posters, and throughout numerous publications. In 2002, he was presented with the North Carolina Governor's Conservation Achievement Award. He lives in Garner, North Carolina.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
great book Dec 11 2006
By Susan C. Manders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a great fish guide. It has beautiful color pictures of each fish with a brief description. It also includes information regarding which fish are good for eating. Very easy to follow!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best of its Kind Oct. 18 2009
By Lisa H. Gros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One of the best fish identification and biology books I've used. The superb images by Raver are much better for identification purposes than photographs, which almost always seem to have some obscured diagnostic features. They are not only accurate, but beautiful works of art. The text on each fish is informative, fun to read and useful to me in learning more about the fish that I pursue.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Very good guide Nov. 8 2011
By T. Patrick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is great if you are looking for a book to identify fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Additional information is also given on each fish -- is the fish good to eat-- where to locate the fish --other names for the fish,etc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very Detailed Nov. 20 2012
By M. Lindsey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is very detailed, and quite interesting to read. I would consider it a must have for most anglers, as I've been fishing on the gulf for many years and still catch a fish from time to time that I'm not quite sure what it is. This book will definitely help you know what you've caught and is laid out in an easy to understand format.
Beautiful Drawings and Information Aug. 19 2010
By Ron Braithwaite - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I do a lot of fishing in the Gulf and realize that even some very experienced anglers are sometimes weak on the identification of certain species. I don't exclude myself from this category. I scanned this particular book and it seemed reasonably complete and includes many species rarely or never seen in my part of the Northern Gulf. One example of an extremely common misidentification is the 'bonita'. At one time I lived in California and caught hundreds of Pacific bonita. I even saw one [Atlantic bonita] caught in the Gulf. The vast majority of the fish Gulf anglers call 'bonita' are 'Little Tunny.' The markings are quite different and although the true bonita is marginally edible the 'Little Tunny' is best used as cut bait.

Anyway, Raver's drawings are superb and the biology, fish descriptions and quantification of edibility is also quite good. I would say, however, that 'edibility' is in the mouth of the eater. I love King Mackeral balls but Red Snapper [which I had just tonight] is only average to my taste buds. I love barracuda, speckled trout, cobia and grouper. Redfish are OK but not the big ones. Skipjack tuna, a fish that many anglers throw back, is quite good. As a matter of fact, it is the backbone of the commercial tuna fishery. Dorados [Dolfinfish] are terrific. They are beautiful, hard fighting, numerous and delicious. They're a little like Al Capp's Schmoos. Blackfin tuna are just as good as Yellowfin and are, in my opinion, best served cold and raw with Wasabe sauce.


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