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FISHING PASSION: A LIFELONG AFFAIR WITH ANGLING
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FISHING PASSION: A LIFELONG AFFAIR WITH ANGLING

Author: Jim C. Chapralis
Publisher: INDEPENDANT PUBLISHERS GROUP, Sep 2002
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN: 0-9708653-3-3

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Not about how to catch fish, or where to fish; there are countless books that cover these subjects nicely. It's a 60-year odyssey of pursuing angling from various perspectives including guiding, writing, tackle manufacturing & finally pioneering the international fishing travel field - over 40 countries. You'll meet many one-of-a-kind characters from the "Pimp" (his boyhood fishing chum) to Charles Ritz. 130 skteches, 384 pgs.

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Fishing Passion: a lifelong love affair with angling is not about how to catch fish, or where to fish; there are countless books that cover these subjects nicely. It's Jim Chapralis' 60-year odyssey of pursuing angling from various perspectives including guiding, writing, tackle manufacturing and finally pioneering the international fishing travel field. He started fishing at age eight, just as WW II was escalating, when he trolled across the Atlantic Ocean (interrupted by a Nazi submarine!). For the next six decades, Jim found a way to fish in 40 countries, some for as many as a dozen times, and earned a living by doing so. In Fishing Passion, you'll meet many one-of-a-kind characters from the "Pimp" (his boyhood fishing chum) to Charles Ritz, the world famous French hotelier and superb angler to Don Dobbins-Jim's mentor-who must decide whether to fish for salmon and die because of a heart ailment, or give up serious fishing and perhaps live for another ten years (he chose to fish for the salmon). Jim takes you to Angola in search of giant tarpon (and to the most unusual "outdoor beer garden" found anywhere); to Panama where he and friends are held at bay by a dozen guns; to Colombia where witch doctors practice their medicine on two of his clients; and, to many other fascinating exotic fishing destinations. Fishing Passion includes a number of weird or paranormal experiences, including the disappearance of two men and their big boat. What's it like to fish with four of the best anglers ever? In the "Fishing with the Greats" section, Chapralis devotes four chapters as he takes you on fishing trips with Stu Apte, A. J. McClane, Winston Moore, and Lee Wulff.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim C. Chapralis
was a pioneer in international fishing. In 1961/62 he set up the Fishing Division for Safari Outfitters, Inc. In 1975, he and his partners founded PanAngling Travel Service. Jim edited The PanAngler, (the first monthly newsletter devoted to international fishing) for 25 years. In 1998 he sold PanAngling. Since the early 1960s, Jim and his staff booked more than 40,000 fishing trips for clients and have assisted in the exploration, development and marketing of numerous fishing areas around the globe. He has fished in more than 40 countries. Although he has fished most of the great places in the world, ironically, Jim is addicted to Wisconsin trout fishing. Jim has written dozens of articles for major fishing and outdoor magazines and wrote World Guide to Fly Fishing (a 450-page, hardcover book) in 1987, and co-authored, Fishing Escapes in 1998. Jim was elected to the original Fishing Hall of Fame and was the recipient of the prestigious Dolphin Award for his contributions to international fishing. He won the International Distance Fly Casting Championship (Paris, France,1955) and the All-Round Casting Championship (Stuttgart, Germany, 1956). In 2001, Jim won the Senior Distance Single-Hand Fly Casting Championship with a cast of 163 feet. His varied background includes guiding in Ontario for a year, manufacturing and importing fishing tackle (Sportackle International), editing a regional outdoor publication and serving as a fishing consultant. Jim is also a Representative of the International Game Fish Association.


 
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