Book Review - True Tales of the Tide
True Tales of the Tide
Outdoor writing has a tendency to be either informative or narrative, but rarely both. Thats why True Tales of the Tide: An Anglers Lifelong Quest (Dorrance Publishing Co., $13) is a breath of fresh air. Author Mike Halperina Virginia Beach resident, retired schoolteacher and Navy veteranexhibits both a command of the sport (hes caught fish the size of small vehicles) and a knack for clever narration. This books 13 chapters follow Halperin on all types of fishing adventures (which he assures readers are absolutely true despite anglers reputations for casting tall tales). Halperin harvests the best stories from his decades-long passion for the sport and gives readers a sense of the emotional and physical toll serious fishing takes on devotees. He tells of catching two citation-sized spot in one day, of reeling in two fishone of whom ate the otheron the same cast, of riding shotgun when a boat mate reeled in the largest fish ever caught in Virginia, a 1099-pound., 12-ounce tiger shark. Local readers will enjoy that most of Halperins first-person accounts take place in and around Hampton Roads. The books five appendices offer tips and techniques for targeting specific species that inhabit Hampton Roads and for employing specific tactics, such as trolling, that work well in local waterways. These pointers are a nice addition to the Captains Tips found at the end of each chapter, imparting valuable advice that Halperin has painstakingly learned over years of getting his lines wet. True Tales of the Tide: An Anglers Lifelong Quest by Mike Halperin, Dorrance Publishing Co., Pittsburgh, 2009.