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Tales... chronicles saltwater fishing from Monterey to Mexico during the first half of the century. It contains 258 archival photos, drawings and illustrations portraying forgotten people, piers, boats, barges, tackle and techniques of sport and commercial ocean fishing of Southern California. The book is unique in two respects--first, Tales is the only book of its type published on the subject of historical California ocean fishing; second, the author is a knowledgeable participant of the era and not a researcher attempting to reconstruct the history.
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Captain Ed Ries began fishing in 1931 and hasn't stopped. He grew up on the piers of Santa Monica and after serving in the Navy during WWII and several years after as a Chief Bosn's Mate, continued fishing commercially. He also took up maritime art, and his talent appears page after page in Tales... portraying long-forgotten tackle and fishing techniques. Ed regularly writes for a number of sport fishing and museum magazines and has published over 100 articles in South Coast Sport Fishing, California Angler, The Log, Mains'l Haul and others.Review:
"I always enjoyed your articles in South Coast Sportfishing and when I saw your book I just had to purchase it. I just finished it and it didn't let me down. I enjoyed the book from cover to cover and I just wanted to say thanks for keeping alive a bygone era of Southern California sportfishing. Please start working on a sequel." -- Gary Briggs
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