Hardcover with full-color dust jacket featuring a Charles B. Mitchell
painting; 384 pages, 130 illustrations by John Tianis and Charles
B. Mitchell. 6X9-inches. $24.95 (hardcover).
FISHING PASSION: a lifelong love affair with angling is
not about how to catch fish, or where to fish; there are many
books that cover these subjects nicely. It's Jim Chapralis' 60-year
journey pursuing his addictive love for fishing. His odyssey includes
gigs in guiding, writing, and tackle manufacturing before finally
pioneering the international fishing travel field.
started fishing at age eight, when WWII forced his family to return
to America from Greece. He trolled across the Atlantic Ocean (interrupted
by a Nazi submarine!). Later, Jim found a way to fish in 40 countries,
some for as many as a dozen times, and earned a living by doing
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. You'll
meet Don Dobbins-Jim's mentor-who must decide whether to fish
for salmon and probably die because of a heart ailment, or give
up serious fishing and live for many years.
takes you to Angola in search of giant tarpon (and 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 injured clients; and,
to many other fascinating fishing destinations.
humor threads through many stories in FISHING PASSION,
there are numerous serious, thought provoking chapters that underscore
some of the dangers. In The Parismina Mystery, Chapralis
describes the disappearance of two men and their boat. In The
Shocking Adventure, a camp owner returns to Nicaragua
to reclaim his lodge after the Sandinista war, but instead is
captured by young boys armed with guns who are about to kill him.
his Aging Stinks chapter, the author realizes that
he simply can't do the things he used to, but finds solace in
accepting the aging process and using an older friend as his role
PASSION also captures the development of international sportfishing.
In The Fish Scale Incident, Jim tells about how
he proceeded to promote Costa Rican fishing from a laundromat
is concerned about the future of sportfishing, citing pollution,
anti-fishing campaigns and commercial fishing among the worrisome
threats. Jim provides a blueprint (Needed: A Worldwide Fishing
Federation) that he is convinced would work.
after fishing in 40 countries, the author discovers the magnetism
of close-to-home fishing. Today, he is addicted to fishing certain
Wisconsin streams, only a few hours' drive from his house. His
lengthy chapter, Le Shack, describes his fascination
with the area, the chosen streams and the tremendous challenges
that they present.
wonder what it must be like to fish with Lee Wulff? Or Winston
Moore? Or Stu Apte, or Al McClane? In the "Fishing
with the Greats" section, Jim takes you along on
fishing trips with four of the all-time greatest anglers.
feel very fortunate in having fished with these icons and spending
a lifetime pursuing my fishing addiction," Chapralis concludes.