My Life in Fishing: Favorite Long Stories Told Short
"My Life in Fishing is a poignant reminder of what true legends are made of." – Andy Mill, Olympian, five-time Gold Cup Champion, and author of A Passion for Tarpon
Stu Apte is one of the most recognized and storied figures in saltwater fishing – in all of fishing – and a larger-than-life legend in the sport. He has held, or still holds, over six dozen IGFA world records for various species, gear, line, and tippet. In My Life in Fishing, as only the most accomplished captain and guide can, he shares his tips and insights gleaned from this lifelong pursuit for any and every species, including especially giant tarpon. These are his favorite personal stories, about world records, and winds, and tides, and patterns, and flies, but also about the remarkable people who have fished their way through his life. There are stories and glimpses that you won't find in other history books – an amusing episode with Harry and Bess Truman on board Stu's skiff, an impromptu side-of-the-road meeting with baseball hall-of-famer Ted Williams that led to a forty-year friendship, and an afternoon of drinking Cuban mojitos aboard Pilar with Earnest Hemingway that includes Hemingway's own mojito recipe. My Life in Fishing is more than a collection of engaging stories and fly fishing pointers; it is a glimpse of the development and evolution of the sport, and of saltwater fly fishing at its highest level, through the eyes and anecdotes of the only man who can tell the stories. My Life in Fishing is a seminal work to be treasured by everyone who shares his passion for the sport and the stories that surround it.
"I don't believe anyone has equaled his achievements as a tarpon fisherman: he caught world-record fish, he guided others to world records, and he established the ways it would always be done. Others have caught bigger tarpon in the years since, strictly as anglers, guided by others who found the fish. Apte mastered all parts of the puzzle, from exploration and boatsmanship to the moment of landing. That stands alone." – Thomas McGuane, author of The Longest Silence, from the Foreword "Witty, instructive, and engaging, this master of rod and reel is an angler's angler, and My Life in Fishing is the equivalent of a day in the flats on a school of permit."
– Tom Brokaw, former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor, host of Buccaneers & Bones
"If stories of angling challenges send your pulse into overdrive as they do mine, My Life in Fishing is a must read!"
– Sandy Moret, Founder, Florida Keys Fly Fishing School and Florida Keys Outfitters
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