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Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West (Hardcover) (Mark Spitzer)

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Fisherman Mark Spitzer takes readers on an action-packed investigation of the most fierce and fearsome freshwater grotesques of the American West ever to inspire both hatred and fascination. Through the lenses of history, folklore, biology, ecology, and politics, Beautifully Grotesque Fish of the American West depicts the environmental destruction plaguing the most maligned creatures in our midst while subtly interweaving Spitzer’s experiences of personal tragedy and self-discovery.

Join Spitzer as he noodles for flathead catfish in Oklahoma, snags paddlefish in Missouri, trotline- and electro-fishes American eels in Arkansas, studies razorback suckers in Arizona, bounty hunts for pikeminnows in Washington State, attends a burbot festival in Utah, stirs up Asian carp in Kansas, and breaks the state record for the largest yellow bullhead ever caught in Nebraska.

By examining freakish links in a vital chain and working with specialists in the field, Spitzer portrays a planet in environmental crisis and dispels the illusion that our actions don’t result in long-term, toxic consequences. Spitzer offers models for fisheries and provides other sources of hope in this informative epic of redemption that ultimately celebrates the wild and resilient beauty and remaining possibilities of the American West.

Visit the Where in the West is Mark Spitzer? blog series for additional reading and a look at more photographs not included in the book.
Number of Pages: 222
Genre: Sports + Recreation, Nature, Biography + Autobiography
Series Title: Outdoor Lives
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
Author: Mark Spitzer
Language: English
Street Date: March 1, 2017
TCIN: 51991587
UPC: 9780803265233
Item Number (DPCI): 248-38-6826
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Scott Foster 1 year ago
You don't have to be a fisherman to love this book, but if you are a fisherman, you will love it. The fish featured here are little known and often thought of as lesser fish. bottom feeders and the like, but Spitzer's writing elevates them to a more proper position in the overall scheme of things. ...see moreof the reviewer's review
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