Destination Angler II
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]mail.com or www.davelewisfishing.com