EASTERN TIDES: A SURFCASTER'S LIFE
Author: Frank Daignault
Publisher: BURFORD BOOKS INC., Jul 2004
For every surfcaster who has felt the tug of striped bass on the line & on the heart, here is a memoir by a renowned striper fisherman. This is a book filled with people, places & fish of a lifetime - a book to be read in oilskins & waders. 24 B&W photos; 6x9 inches, 224 pgs.
Here are stories of a life spent in pursuit of striped bass, not only with rod & reel, but also with knowledge, wisdom, & even love. For the past 40 years, Daignault has lived to fish & fished to live, & has produced a book filled with people, places & fish of a lifetime - a book to be read in oilskins & waders.
From the writer of four other striper books on surfcasting, the never before told stories of the author's life and times on his storied "Striper Coast". In an autobiography filled with drama, humor, and home spun genuineness, Daignault has woven a tapestry of surfcasting mid-watch hunts, family concerns, time passage, fear, death, assaults and the historical issues of the fall and subsequent rise of striped bass. This is an exciting narrative on rod and reel commercial fishing from the beach set on both Cape Cod and Rhode Island, from an era we will probably never see again. Encountering the gnawing guilt suffered by many of the "meat fishermen" of the time, you can't help but develop a feel for what people are willing to do to catch striped bass. "Eastern Tides is about fishing first, but is most of all about some of America's institutions -- the good and the bad. It is a Coast Guard story, a family love story, a painful reminder of the war we forgot, and of a dedicated old guard from a time we will never see again. The character development alone in this sensitive literary treatment of his beach gang is worth the price of admission. The adventures, heroics, and true-to-life connected dramas which Daignault shares are certain to keep readers glued to the sand and sea draped pages past midnight. Have a crying towel handy, because this book is not just about fishing. It is Vintage Reserve Daignault at his authoritative best. You know he was there.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
"The Striper Coast's most color chronicler at the top of his game." --Jerry Gibbs, Fishing Editor, Outdoor Life
"No other book captures the dogged mentality of the surfcaster as well as this memoir." --Gray's Sporting Journal
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Frank Daignault is the author of Twenty Years on the Cape, The Trophy Striper and other books on striper fishing and has contributed to Salt Water Sportsman, Field & Stream and many other national and regional magazines. He lives in Millville, Massachusetts.