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Old 02-10-2006, 05:09 PM
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When I first started surfcasting, long before the plethera of internet information cut the learning curve for newbie's, I found a book on surfcasting at the local library and it showed me a whole new world about surfcasting. "All About Surf Fishing," by John Fallon. I found the book, informative and challenging despite being slightly outdated (late 80's for me). I recently attained a copy and noticed that you YOU of all people, where a contributor. How well did you know Jack? Is he still around? Was he a good caster?? It sounds to me that he was well traveled. Did you know Les Boyd at all?
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:45 AM
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Yes, I know all those guys. Jack solicitated a portfolio of jacket cover shots from me for his first book, All About Surf Fishing and Winchester Press took and used one. I was paid nice money for that shot. During the writing he asked a bunch of surf writers how they got started and I contributed a section. (Over the years I have contributed to at least eight other books for their authors.) Jack is still around. He moved to southern New Hampshire a while back. I don't think he writes any more, not sure. We never fished with him, just knew him through the writer orgs was all. He seemed to think the world of Joyce and me, though he was a smoozer being an Irishman and all. They may be lousy cooks but they can sure leave a nice impression. I married one, though I would have liked having an Italian girl on the side. Am I taking too long with this?

Lester Boyd was a good friend. He often did features on me for the Prov Journal. His life fell apart kind of late in life and he got sick and died way back. He was another good writer who had to adapt to the computer. I knew all of them back to Staff Carroll and only one of them ever gaffed me.
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Old 02-11-2006, 11:56 AM
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I just got a couple of Boyd's books and I find his writing style warm and enjoyable. I like reading the older stuff. The equipment changes but the approaches don't really.

Did you know Heilner by chance??
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Old 02-11-2006, 04:10 PM
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No, I didn't know Van Campen Heilner. How flippin old do you think I am? He was a contributor among around 24 striper greats in Waldman's Striper Anthology and the bio there says he authored, along with Frank Stick, The Call of the Surf in 1924. Assuming he was born say, 1890, he would be 115 today. I guess it is only natural when somebody is kind of old that he probably fished or flew kites with Ben Franklin. I did spend some time with Frank Stick's grand daughter in the back seat of my '51 Ford and she was as b-o-r-i-n-g as a toad.
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When I was a pup, my first surf casting book was by Lester Boyd , it was the one with the cover shot of him dragging a Striper up the beach. For some reason I think its was taken from a beach on Long Island. It was my SC Bible, I carried it everywhere and read over and over. Boy, I wish I could find that book, just for the stories he told... Joe
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When I was a pup, my first surf casting book was by Lester Boyd , it was the one with the cover shot of him dragging a Striper up the beach. For some reason I think its was taken from a beach on Long Island. It was my SC Bible, I carried it everywhere and read over and over. Boy, I wish I could find that book, just for the stories he told... Joe
I saw Jack Fallon just last Spring. Interesting that when I moved to the Cape he helped me find an old friend and fellow Cape Ann fisherman, Red Clark who was also down here. Now, Red and I fish together every week in season.
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Yeah, or that French guy ...
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:36 AM
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Gad, I hope I'm the frog to whom you are referring.
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Frank - was there any doubt?
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:46 AM
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Then thank you.
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I hate seeing this thread die. It is very entertaining. These little jewels are all over stripersurf.con.
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I really enjoy reading these type threads!! I have learned so much yet so little about surf fishing, (especially for striped bass), from reading Frank, Dj, Van& Frank S and Al R. I agree with the guy that said "one envisions oneself at the place being described" (not those exact words, but unless you have a wrench stuck, you know where, you know what i mean) in Franks writing. Can we keep going this by everyone posting your favorite line(s) from some of these books written by the authors being talked about. I will sart with mine:

Striper Surf; Francis Daignault:
"While adults debate the wisdom of walking along a beach after dark or in the rain, children will participate without question."

The Call of the Surf; Van Campen Heilner, Frank Stick:
"Lord, what a fighter!" my companion ejaculated. He must be as big as a horse."

The Complete Book of Surf Fishing; Captain Al Ristori: "Finally, I took a good look at my plug and noticed the plastic hook guards Yo-Zuri had put over each treble point. Since it's difficult to back them off, I ended up tearing them off the points as best I could with my pliers, and my fish catching quickly improved."

Thanks for all you have done for Surf Fishing wanna be's like me. Now I need to go out and read some more stuff!!!!
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:20 PM
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Thanks, Pop. A good way to entertain memorable sayings might be to start a new thread. Presently this thread had evolved into discussion about other writers beside Fallon. I suppose your idea would still fit.
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