Des­ti­na­tion An­gler II

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

OC­CA­SION­ALLY a book comes along that ab­sorbs you so com­pletely, it changes your mood and stays with you long af­ter you’ve put it down.

That is cer­tainly the case with the sec­ond vol­ume of much-trav­elled Welsh­man Dave Lewis’s Des­ti­na­tion An­gler of­fer­ings.

He has clearly honed his writ­ing skills by con­tribut­ing to pub­li­ca­tions such as Sport Fish­ing Mag­a­zine over many years, since re­tir­ing as a fire­fighter, and his dra­matic in­tro­duc­tions to each chap­ter and en­ter­tain­ing non-fish­ing anec­dotes make you re­alise that you’re in good hands.

Whether it’s de­scrib­ing a near-death en­counter with a salt­wa­ter croc, eat­ing ran­cid Green­land shark flesh, or the overlav­ish ap­pli­ca­tion of chilli sauce on his food, Dave has a tale to tell, be­fore re­sum­ing the an­gling ac­tion, which is al­most non-stop.

You name it, Dave has caught it, from jaguar bass in Nicaragua, and rooster fish in Panama, to king mack­erel in Cuba, and even lenok in Mon­go­lia, and taken out­stand­ing pho­tos that shine out of ev­ery page.

And re­fresh­ingly, he isn’t afraid to in­clude his dis­as­ters, like the trip to Egypt that he would rather for­get, and the 3.30am wakeup calls from vu­vuzela man in Mozam­bique.

With bound­less en­ergy and in­fec­tious en­thu­si­asm, ad­ven­turer Dave is hardly ever at home, spend­ing much of his life be­ing one of “those an­glers who get their kicks cast­ing a line in far-flung places.”

You can read this book as a guide to where to go for your own ad­ven­tures, or for ideas on where to bag a cer­tain species.

But you can also read it for sheer en­joy­ment, and to lose your­self in its glam­orous spell, what­ever you fish for.

(Wye An­gling Pub­li­ca­tions) £30 from Dave at [email protected]­ or www.dav­elew­is­fish­


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