FISH FIGHTS: A HALL OF FAME QUEST
Author: Bob Rich
Publisher: GLOBE PEQUOT ( THE LYONS PRESS, FALCON), Jan 2006
One man's quest to catch 10 record big-game fish. Onto the waters of south Florida & the Bahamas. If he can catch 10 of the most sought-after game fish in this mecca for saltwater sports fishing - the sailfish, barracuda, bonefish, permit, black bass, wahoo, tarpon, dolphin, marlin, & snook - he will become the first angler inducted into the 50 year old S. Florida Metro Tournament Hall of Fame. Rollicking narrative, he sets out to achieve this in just one year. 8-pg color insert, B&W photos; 6x9 inches, 384 pgs.
"A fishing challenge, a first, a Hall of Fame" are the bait that lures Bob "Bubba" Rich out onto the waters of south Florida and the Bahamas.
Fish Fights is a rollicking narrative of Rich's quest to achieve this goal in just one year-although the award was set up to honor lifetime achievement. With the Florida Keys, the Everglades, and the islands of the Bahamas as his backdrop, Rich chronicles his dogged pursuit of these elusive fish. Yet, this is no mere fishing tale. It also recounts the history of conservation and the development of a catch-and-release ethic by saltwater anglers. Most important, though, it is a rich adventure with an intriguing cast of characters, among them the intrepid Rich himself, the taciturn Rusty-his "conch" fishing guide-and, of course, the slippery fish with which he tangles. Introduction by Sandy Moret.
When Bob ?Bubba? Rich decided to embark upon his quest?to qualify for the Metropolitan South Florida Fishing Tournament Hall of Fame?he didn?t realize the amount of strength he would need to accomplish his goals. By the time it was over, he had exhibited as much strength, valor, and fortitude as any angler could muster.
Consider his goals?to take ten species of gamefish, on specific types of tackle, with difficult-to-achieve minimum weight requirements: a 25-pound barracuda, a twenty-pound permit, a twenty-five-pound dorado, a blue or white marlin, a 25-pound wahoo, a nine-pound bonefish, a sailfish of any weight, a six-pound largemouth bass, a one-hundred-pound tarpon, and, finally, an eighteen-pound snook.
Fish with Rich as he probes the waters of south Florida and the Bahamas, searching for the ten species that will gain him entrance to the Hall of Fame. Enjoy the incredible highs he feels when finally catching a fish that qualifies; share with him the unfathomable lows when things go wrong, and he just can?t catch a break on some of the gamefish.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bob Rich, when he is not pursuing his passion for saltwater fishing from his home in Islamorada. is in the Florida Keys. Business executive Bob Rich-president of Rich Products Corp.-works in Buffalo, New York. His charitable activities include fund-raising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.